LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - For a third straight match, Siena Men's Soccer departed the pitch following a gut-wrenching defeat. Javoni Simms scored the golden goal less than a minute into the second overtime as Siena fell for the third consecutive game in overtime, 1-0 to Hartford in the home opener Saturday afternoon.
Siena's (2-4) defense, which had played so brilliantly throughout, made one little mistake that made all the difference. Just 56 seconds into the second overtime, a misplayed ball deep in the zone was deflected and caromed to Hartford's (5-3) Simms who dribbled into the left of the box and scored.
Siena had dominated the game early offensively and finished the match with a 15-4 edge in shots and a 10-2 advantage in corners.
The Saints peppered Hartford early, taking seven of their shots in the game's first 19 minutes. But Siena could not find the break they needed. Sindre Ek, who had scored a goal in all five games entering the day, accounted for nine of the Saints' shots.
Equally impressive was the Saints defense, which held the Hawks to just two shots in regulation and no targets in the second half. Hartford went nearly 54 minutes between shots before finally recording an attempt late in the first overtime period.
Damian Liesemann made two saves for Siena, while Viltsu Tuumi stopped four saves for Hartford which won its third straight.
The Saints continue their season-long three-game homestand Wednesday when they welcome UMass to Loudonville for a 3 p.m. kickoff.