James Beeston and the Saints host their home opener Sunday vs. Syracuse
Sept. 1, 2011
Riding high off the biggest win in program history earlier this week, the Saints failed to build off their momentum as they dropped a tough 1-0 decision Thursday night at Hartford. It was the third straight 1-0 game the Saints have played to start the season as the team fell to 1-2.
Siena came into the match following an impressive weekend at the Penn State Classic. The Saints dropped an evenly contested game to the 18th ranked and host Nittany Lions Saturday before pulling off the biggest upset in program history Monday with their 1-0 victory over 15th ranked Ohio State.
But against the Hawks, the Saints were unable to duplicate their recent success. Ryan Wahab's header off a long throw in during the 42nd minute would prove to be all the offense Hartford would need as the Saints suffered their second shutout in three matches.
The Hawks outshot the Saints 9-7 and held a 3-2 advantage in corners. Offensively, James Beeston and Nathan Olukanmi paced Siena with two shots apiece.
Both Jack Binks and Luke Citriniti made three saves for their respective sides with Citriniti earning the shutout in Hartford's first completed game of the season. The Hawks were unable to complete their originally scheduled season opener earlier this week due to the effects of Hurricane Irene.
The Saints return to the Capital Region for their home opener Sunday at Siena Turf Field. The Saints host Syracuse in a noon kickoff.