Men's Soccer Rallies Past Canisius, Wins 1st MAAC Game
Oct. 10, 2004
Freshman midfielder Liam Welsh made an incredible header goal in the 98th minute, rallying Siena past Canisius, 2-1, in men's soccer action on Sunday afternoon. The win was the first regular and Metro Atlantic Association Conference victory of the season.
Neither side scored in the first period despite taking a combined 11 shots. The Saints (1-5-4, 1-0-1) nearly got on the board just three minutes into the game, when sophomore midfielder Delmiro Fernandez freed himself in the box and put a shot past Canisius keeper Adam Sleyzak to his left. But Griffs defender Fabien Lewis saved the day, clearing the ball on the goal line.
Canisius (4-4-0, 1-1-0) also had its chances in the first stanza, taking three shots back-to-back, the Griffs forced only one save by Siena keeper Patrick Henry. The Griffs best opportunity came when Tom Benz took a shot from close range that Henry stopped, but couldn't corral. Benz again had a go on the rebound, but Henry somehow managed to knock down the shot from the ground to keep the affair scoreless.
Siena finally drew first blood in the second half, getting a Tom Santoro goal in the 56th minute. Santoro ripped a shot in the box that ricocheted off a Canisius defender, redirecting it past Sleyzak, who had been in position to make the stop. Fernandez picked up the assist on the play. With time winding down, Canisius' Shaun Griffith sent a ball into the box from the right side off Henry to knot the game one all.
With neither side giving an inch on defense, Siena fifth overtime game seemed eminent. But Welsh stepped up to provide the heroics at 98:07 mark, when he found himself all alone in the box with his back to the goal, went airborne, sneaking the ball just inside the right post and sending the Saints bench and the boisterous crowd into a frenzy. The goal was Welsh's first of the season and his career, bringing the Saints their first win.
Sleyzak had eight saves in picking up the loss in the net. While Dan Majewski closed the game for the Saints.
Siena held the advantage in shots on the day, taking 20 to Canisius' 5. The Saints held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks; while fouls were relatively even, with Siena committing 8 to Canisius 7.
The Saints, will look to make it two in a row when they head to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate in a live online broadcast at www.sportsjuice.com/providers/colgate (free of charge) beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.