LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Daniel Alderstad and Sindre Ek each tallied three points and Nathan Olukanmi scored the game-winning goal as Siena Soccer dispatched defending MAAC runner-up Manhattan 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Siena Turf Field. The win marks the fourth in the past five games for the Saints which are off to a 2-0 start in conference play.
The surging Saints (6-5, 2-0) out-shot Manhattan (1-8-1, 1-1) 20-9 and controlled play in the second half en route to extending their unbeaten streak over the Jaspers to nine straight (7-0-2).
The teams battled evenly in the first half, with Alderstad opening the scoring in the 22nd minute. Ek made a great play to keep the ball from rolling over the end line and centered a pass to James Beeston. The junior captain's attempt was blocked, but caromed to Alderstad who put it in the undefended right side of the goal.
The lead would be short-lived as the Jaspers picked up the equalizer five minutes later. With the ball being battled for at the top of the box, a deflection came out to the right side to Tommy Amos who blasted home a one-timer from 30 yards out.
But the second half would be Siena's. The Saints out-shot the Jaspers 14-5 in the final stanza and had all the opportunities.
In the 73rd minute, Alderstad fed Olukanmi in from the left. The sophomore attacked hard to the right, created space and fired home his first goal of the season from the top of the box.
With Manhattan a man-down following a red card late, Ek added an insurance tally in the 85th minute as Siena secured its fourth straight home win. With his third three-point performance in the past four matches, Ek moved into a tie for seventh all-time in program history with 44 points and gained sole possession of eighth place in goals with 18.
The Saints will look to improve to 3-0 in the conference when they travel to Rider for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night.