LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Sindre Ek is having a mighty impressive senior season. The Siena striker scored the game-winning goal and assisted on the other score as the Saints opened their 24th season in the MAAC with a 2-0 victory over Saint Peter's.
Ek, who has already posted a career-high 16 points this season, moved into ninth place in program history with 41 career points following his three-point performance.
Ek broke open a scoreless game in the 51st minute. Mike Matera broke down the right side and slid in a pass to the streaking Ek who buried it for his seventh goal of the season. James Beeston, who moments earlier had missed a penalty kick that would have given Siena (5-5, 1-0) the lead, picked up a second assist on the score to move into third place all-time with 15 career assists.
The Saints would get some insurance in the 81st minute as Ek broke up a play deep in the Saint Peter's (2-8, 0-1) zone. He gained possession and created a 2-on-1, feeding in front to the unmarked Tom Allen for the freshman's third tally of the season.
Siena held a 17-9 advantage in shots and a 9-6 edge in corners. The Peacocks leading scorer, Noah Sadaoui, accounted for six of their nine targets.
Damian Liesemann made two saves in posting his third clean sheet of the season for the Saints which have now won five of the last six over Saint Peter's. Peacocks' keeper Diego Mendoza was busy all afternoon between the pipes and made five stops.
Siena aims for a key MAAC opening weekend sweep Sunday when the Saints host 2011 conference runner-up Manhattan for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Siena Turf Field.