Oct. 7, 2007
Loudonville, N.Y. - Siena sophomore forward Anthony Tagliaferri notched the game winning goal in the 86th minute to lead the Saints to a 1-0 victory over league rival Rider (5-5-1, 0-1-1) this afternoon in Loudonville. The victory marks Siena's (4-5-2, 1-1-0) first conference win of the 2007 campaign.
Both squads stood strong through the first 45 minutes of what proved to be a defensive stalemate. They entered intermission stuck at a scoreless tie.
The Saints offensive attack picked up in the second half as they outshot the Broncs 7-5.
At the 85:59 mark, Tagliaferri connected on the lone goal of the contest which proved to be the game winner. Senior co-captain Jason Laffin sparked a Siena break pushing the ball past midfield. Laffin sent a lead pass to Joe Tavernese who found fellow freshman Steve Covino on the right side. Covino juked his defender sent a cross pass to Tagliaferri who finished the play.
Freshman goalkeeper Steve Skonieczny notched a game-high four saves earning his fourth victory in net of the season.
With the victory, the Saints improve to 4-5-2 overall and 1-1-0 in the MAAC. Siena returns to action Friday when they square off with Canisius in Buffalo. Game time is set for 7 p.m.