Sept. 20, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Justin Higgins finished a TJ Osbourne cross 25 minutes into the second half to give Buffalo (3-3-1) the lead for good in a non-conference win over Siena (0-2-1) in Loudonville Friday afternoon. Joe Vitale broke the ice with a crossing pass that found its way to the back of the net 20 minutes into the game to give Siena the 1-0 lead.
Siena controlled the action in the first half and carried the 1-0 lead to the intermission. However, Vitale's fortunate tally was the only one of the Saints' nine shots to avert Buffalo's Brian Wozniak.
Mike Peplinkski scored the equalizer on a direct kick just five minutes into the second half. Peplinski beat Siena's John Hicks with a perfectly placed shot in the top right of the goal. Higgins' game-winner was a credit to Osbourne's hard work. The Buffalo freshman raced down the right-side of the field and found a well-covered Peplinski in front of the goal with a solid feed.
Dan Wielechowski added an insurance goal five minutes later on a lob shot that surpassed the out-stretched Ryan Jordan.
Siena out-shot Buffalo 18-9 and owned a 5-1 cornerkick advantage, but could never get the break it needed. The team's best chance came with just over 15 minutes remaining as Vitale missed wide right on a penalty kick after Wozniak was ejected.
The Saints return to action against highly regarded Oregon State out of the Pac-10 conference Sunday at noon.