Siena rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to force overtime, but for the second time this weekend the Saints fell in the extra session. Cazz Warren netted the golden goal in the 102nd minute as Cleveland State answered back with a 3-2 double overtime win on the final day of the Dunkin' Donuts Brown Soccer Classic in Providence, R.I.
It was another tough setback for the Saints (2-3) which on Friday also rallied in the second half to force overtime before ultimately losing to Fordham, 2-1. In their past 13 overtime games, the Saints are now just 1-7-5.
After relying almost solely on a suffocating defense a year ago, the 2012 version of the Saints continued to show a strong resiliency and exciting brand of offense with the capability to score goals in bunches.
Nick Theobald and Sindre Ek scored nine minutes apart in the second half to quickly erase a two-goal hole and pull Siena even. For Theobald it was his first career tally, while for Ek it marked his fifth goal in five games in a brilliant start to his senior season. Classmate Daniel Alderstad dished out the assists on both tallies.
But Cleveland State (3-2) would have the last word as Warren abruptly ended the game just 91 seconds into the second overtime session. Siena keeper Damian Liesemann came out to stop the Vikings' Alfonso Sandoval, but Sandoval first crossed to Warren who fired it into the open goal.
Warren helped Cleveland State to a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the game, setting up an Admir Suljevic score. Aaron Adkins tallied the Vikings' second goal in the 36th minute to make it 2-0.
Siena held a 19-14 advantage in shots and a 9-8 edge in corners. Ek and James Beeston were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
After opening the season with five games away from home, the Saints finally return to Loudonville for their home opener Saturday against Hartford. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. from Siena Turf Field and the game will be broadcast online at SienaAllAccess.com.