Oct. 19, 2012
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.