Oct. 2, 2010
Siena appeared to be on its way to a third win in its past four matches Saturday, but a pair of late, unanswered goals changed that as the Saints settled for a 2-2 draw at UMass. Freshman midfielder Matt Hemsley scored his first career goal and senior striker Joey Tavernese added his third tally as Siena played its fourth overtime affair in nine matches this season.
Both teams' keepers were put to the test in the first half, with the Saints' (3-5-1) Phil Chabot making all three of his saves in the match and UMass' (1-3-5) Chris Piekos stopping four shots. But late in the stanza the Saints would break through.
After missing the past three matches due to injury, reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year Emery Welshman returned to the pitch and set up the Saints' first goal. Welshman played in a cross from the flank to Hemsley who elevated at the back post and headed the ball in to give the Saints a 1-0 lead in the 35'.
Tavernese gave the Saints a 2-0 lead in the 53' following a sensational individual effort. Joshua Vlasich played the ball over the top to Tavernese who was very opportunistic under pressure and beat the keeper near post. With his goal, Tavernese took over the team's scoring lead with nine points.
What appeared to be a commanding two-goal lead would quickly change however when UMass was awarded a penalty kick in the 69th minute. Bryant Craft would convert the attempt and just four minutes later Stuart Amick scored the equalizer to erase Siena's lead. Both teams would see limited offensive chances thereafter as the game ended in a draw.
Siena earned its first point in overtime this season, moving to 0-3-1 in those affairs. Meanwhile UMass has now played in six overtime matches of their nine games so far this season, with five ending in ties.
The Minutemen out-shot Siena 21-12 and committed 14 fouls while the Saints were whistled for 10. Siena held a 5-4 advantage in corners as the Saints finished an even 1-1-1 against A-10 opponents this fall.
The Saints return to the pitch when they host Marist in the MAAC opener next Saturday, Oct. 9 at Siena Turf Field in a 1 p.m. kickoff.