Aug. 26, 2012
Despite playing down a man for the final 33 minutes, Siena had enough firepower offensively to earn a 2-1 victory over Jacksonville in the Mike Gibbs Memorial Tournament in Florida Sunday afternoon. Sindre Ek scored his second goal of the weekend and freshman Tom Allen tallied the game-winner for the Saints.
Siena (1-1) got off to a fast start in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into the lockerroom. The Saints out-shot Jacksonville (0-2) 5-4 in the opening stanza and attempted seven corners.
The Saints finally broke through in the 22nd minute when Ek stole an errant pass and broke in uncontested, chipping a shot over the keeper for his second goal of the young season. Ek and Falko Friedrichs, who scored Friday night at North Florida, were later named to the Mike Gibbs Memorial Tournament All-Tournament Team.
But in the second half, Siena would face some adversity. A red card issued to the Saints in the 57th minute left Siena playing a man down for the remainder of the match. The Dolphins would out-shoot Siena 8-2 and attempt four corners from there on out, but the resilient Saints would hold on.
Shortly after the red card, the Saints picked up a vital insurance goal when Allen finished a James Beeston pass to make it 2-0 in the 65th minute. The freshman striker capped an impressive weekend, finishing with three points in the tournament.
That goal would prove to be the difference as the Dolphins finally broke through on a Nick Rodriguez score in the 86th minute. Jacksonville would get three corners in the final two minutes, but newcomer Damian Liesemann and the Siena defense fended off the rally.
The sophomore Liesemann finished with five saves, while his counterpart Gavin Carlin made three saves.
The Saints return north for their next contest on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo for a 2 p.m. kickoff.