Sept. 17, 2004
Siena's men's soccer team lost to UMASS, 4-2, this afternoon in the first game of the UMASS Classic played at Rudd Field. With the loss the Saints falls to 0-4-1 on the season, while the Minutemen improve to 2-3-0.
Oral Bullen opened the scoring with a shot from 15-yards out after receiving a cross from sophomore Rob Charest in the fourth minute of the game.
Junior T.J. Helly answered back in the 45th minute as he connected with Thomas Bianco's rebound off the post and drove it passed UMass keeper Colin Burns. Minutes before the break, the Minutemen responded with a goal from freshman Mike Mingione giving UMass the 2-1 advantage.
Over an acrobatic, Patrick Henry, Bullen found the net again in the second half scoring in the 62nd minute placing a shot from six-yards out. Burns exploded a 60-yard free kick to start the play with freshman Matty LeMire giving the touch pass to Bullen for the goal. Burns was credited with an assist- the first of his career.
In a volleying effort, senior midfielder Tom Santoro kept the Saints close with a goal in the 66th minute to bring them within a goal, 3-2. Chris Crescitelli was responsible for the assist.
Sophomore Richie Higa sealed the win for UMass with a 40-yard chipper over Henry in the 89th minute.
Siena will face Hartford, who lost to Harvard in the second game of the Classic, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.