Sept. 29, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - A pair of first half goals proved to be the difference as Siena men's soccer dropped a 2-0 decision to Vermont at Siena Turf Field. The defeat cooled down the Saints which had entered the match having won two in a row.
Siena (3-5) had a great chance to go up early thanks to a nifty play by Joshua Vlasich in the 21'. The freshman midfielder pressed an ill-advised cross-field pass deep in the Vermont (5-2-3) zone and came away with the ball. After making several moves he fired a shot from the top of the 18', but Catamounts' keeper David Ramada kicked out his right foot to make a brilliant save and keep the match scoreless.
Just under five minutes later, Vermont was able to capitalize on a similar turnover by the Saints. Nick O'Neill stole the ball in deep and beat Saints' keeper Phil Chabot far post to give UVM a 1-0 lead. Later in the first half the Catamounts struck again on a 2-on-1 when D.J. Edler found a wide open Zach Paul in front of net which pushed the lead to 2-0.
After halftime Vermont went into a defensive mode, limiting the Saints' opportunities while running down the clock and picking up the shutout. The Saints have scored just three goals in their five losses this season while posting 12 goals in three wins.
UVM outshot Siena 16-7 with the Saints taking three corners to the Catamounts' two. Vermont committed 13 fouls, while the Saints were whistled for six.
Ramada made three saves to earn the shutout, while Chabot stopped five in a losing effort.
The Saints return to the pitch Saturday at UMass in a 1 p.m. kickoff.