Youth Serves Saints Key Win

Alex Tejera heads in the game-winning goal (Courtesy Tony Purificato)
Sept. 3, 2014

Final Stats

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - For the third time in the past four seasons Siena Soccer has defeated a nationally ranked opponent. Freshmen keyed the upset as Alexander Tejera scored his first collegiate goal and Josh Weiss posted his second shutout in as many matches as the Saints knocked off No. 23 Boston University 1-0 at Siena Turf Field.

Siena (2-0) has now won three of its last four matches against NSCAA Top-25 opponents. Both of the program's previous wins against nationally ranked opponents came during the 2011 season against 15th ranked Ohio State and No. 16 Iona.

Tejera provided all the offense the Saints would need, heading in a corner from the right off the boot of Tom Allen in the 27th minute. It was just the first goal allowed this season by Boston University (2-1) which had also entered the week as the top ranked squad in the NSCAA Northeast Regional rankings.

Weiss and the Siena defense did the rest. The freshman keeper made three saves and has yet to allow a goal in his first two collegiate matches for the Saints which are ranked eighth in the Northeast.

His defense was equally impressive, limiting the opposition to single digits in shots for the second straight match. The Terriers had averaged 23.5 shots in winning their first two contests.

BU had its best chance to knot the score in the 84th minute. Elliot Maker streaked down the right side and chipped the ball over Weiss, but another freshman, Milorad Sobot, cleared the ball off the line to preserve the lead.

Both sides attempted nine shots apiece in a defensive battle, although the Saints harbored a 9-3 edge in corners. Nick Thomson made three saves for the Terriers.

 

 

Siena hits the road for the first time when the Saints take on Brown in Providence, R.I. Friday night at 7 p.m.