Sept. 7, 2010
Siena men's soccer got its first taste of growing pains in the early season as it lost 2-1 in double overtime to Sacred Heart Tuesday evening in Fairfield Conn. The Saints led 1-0 on Sindre Ek's first goal of the season, but gave up the equalizer in the 67th minute off a free kick and then surrendered the game winner in the second overtime.
"I thought we totally outplayed them in the first half but we were only one goal up at that point," head coach Gareth Elliott said.
Siena (1-1) outshot Sacred Heart 17-7 (15-4 in regulation) but Sacred Heart goalkeeper Alex Fait made seven saves and kept his team in the game.
The Saints fielded an even younger back line than in the season opener as red-shirt junior Nick Viaggio sat out with an injury. To make matters worse, MAAC Offensive Player of the Week Emery Welshman left the game after 16 minutes due to injury.
Joey Tavernese continued his strong play by assisting on Ek's goal (42'). He passed the ball down the sideline and Ek ran onto it and scored at the near post.
The Pioneers tied the game in the 67th minute off a free kick from the right side just outside the penalty area. Lusiano Dadario sent the ball in and Marcello Castro headed it past goalkeeper Phil Chabot at the far post.
Sacred Heart (3-0) won the game on a similar play. In double overtime, Brian Francolini served the ball in from the right sideline and Sergio Freitas (104') headed it past Chabot at the far post.
"They have a narrow pitch and they've scored most of their goals this season off set pieces, so we knew that would be a factor," Elliott said. "They won the set piece battle and they won the game. It's a disappointing result but hopefully we learn from it and move forward."
The Saints return to action on Friday when they host Colgate at 3 p.m.