Men's Soccer
Saints Silence Undefeated Niagara
Adam Myers made five saves to earn his first collegiate shutout
 
Adam Myers made five saves to earn his first collegiate shutout
 

Oct. 19, 2012

Box Score

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - There are now just three remaining undefeated teams in the nation. Daniel Alderstad scored in the 43rd minute, sending Siena Men's Soccer to a 1-0 win over previously unbeaten Niagara Friday afternoon at a rain soaked Siena Turf Field.

Niagara (8-1-4, 2-1-1) had entered the afternoon as one of four remaining unbeatens in the country along with Cornell, Xavier and top-ranked Maryland. Additionally, the Purple Eagles were receiving 30 votes in this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll - tied for the 28th highest total in the nation.

But Siena (8-6, 4-1), which last season went an impressive 2-1-1 against teams that were either nationally ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA poll, once again shined on the big stage.

In a match where torrential rain was an added opponent for both teams to contend with, the Saints were able to weather the storm the best.

With just 2:17 remaining in the opening half, a misplayed ball skipped like a rock across a pond to Sindre Ek. The MAAC's leading scorer then turned and led a streaking Alderstad down the left side who fired it home for his second goal of the season.

Niagara out-shot Siena 12-1 in the second half, but could not solve the Saints' Adam Myers. The red-shirt sophomore who was making just his second collegiate appearance, stopped five shots to earn his first career shutout. His biggest stop came with 1:58 remaining when the Purple Eagles' Bryan Da Cruz broke down the left side and fired a low hard shot that Myers made a tremendous stop on.

The Purple Eagles out-shot the Saints 15-8 overall, while Siena held a 6-3 edge in corners. With the win coupled with an Iona loss to Loyola, the Saints and Greyhounds now stand tied atop the MAAC Standings with identical 4-1 conference marks.

The Saints, which improved to 5-1 at home, continue their three-game homestand Sunday when they host Canisius for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

 

 

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