Sept. 25, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - No Welshman, no Friedrichs, no problem. Despite playing once again without two of its key starters, the Saints played a strong possession and precision passing game and defeated A-10 foe Temple 2-1 this afternoon at Siena Turf Field. The Saints received the benefit of a Temple own goal and Steve Covino added the other tally as Siena won its second straight match.
The Saints (3-4-0) came out firing in the first half, making nifty passes and spreading the field which led to numerous opportunities. Siena, which entered the game averaging 12 shots and five corners per game, matched those numbers in the opening stanza and was able to find the back of the net in the 25'.
Freshman back James Beeston fired a low shot from just outside the 18' that ricocheted off an Owls (1-4-2) defender for an own goal. Siena dominated the first half, out-shooting the Owls 12-4 and registered six corners to Temple's one.
In the second half the Saints went to more of a possession style, but still managed to score a key goal in the 43'. After a Temple foul in the box, Siena was awarded with its first penalty kick of the year. Covino made the most of it as he fired a laser just inside the near post past the diving keeper to make it 2-0.
Temple made things interesting late as they cut the deficit to 2-1 with just less than nine minutes remaining. Off a set piece, Ryan Bradbury deflected in Cody Calafiore's free kick to pull the Owls within a score. But the Saints played disciplined defensively in the final minutes, limiting opportunities and controlling possession to secure the victory.
Siena out-shot Temple 14-10 and took eight corners to the Owls' six. Both teams committed 14 fouls.
Covino led the Saints with four shots while Anthony Tagliaferri added three, two of which were on target. Phil Chabot made four saves in goal to earn the win.
The Saints will look to make it three wins in a row when they return to action Wednesday at Siena Turf Field. Siena hosts Vermont in a 3 p.m. kickoff.