LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - For the second straight season, Siena will have Capital Region bragging rights in men's soccer. Falko Friedrichs and Sindre Ek scored just three minutes apart late in the second half, sending the Saints to a 2-0 victory over visiting UAlbany.
With back-to-back wins the Saints (4-4) closed out their home non-conference slate by moving back to .500 overall. UAlbany (2-7) meanwhile continued to head in the opposite direction with its sixth straight defeat.
The squads were fairly evenly matched for most of the afternoon, although Siena clearly had the better scoring chances. With just under 16 minutes remaining, the Saints finally found pay dirt.
A long corner from the left of goal went sailing over everyone before being tracked down by the far right corner flag by Sindre Ek. The senior striker then sent a high service back into the box which was headed by Jannis Opalka onto the foot of Friedrichs who finished it off from point blank range inside the right post.
Ek then quickly gave the Saints insurance with his sixth tally of the year in the 77th minute, corralling a turnover near midfield and racing all the way down the field for the score. With three points on the afternoon, Ek moved into a tie for 10th on the program's all-time scoring list with 38 career points.
Siena out-shot UAlbany 15-6 and held the Great Danes without a shot on goal. Damiann Liesemann was the beneficiary as he posted his second clean sheet of the season. His counterpart Tim Allen made four saves for UAlbany.
The Saints close out both September and their non-conference schedule next Sunday with a 4 p.m. kickoff at Saint Bonaventure.