Vlasich, Saints Storm Back to Tie Manhattan
Oct. 21, 2011
Joshua Vlasich's first collegiate goal could not have come at a better time. The sophomore midfielder netted the tally in the 86 minute, as the Saints rallied to tie Manhattan 1-1 Friday in Riverdale.
Vlasich's goal capped a furious comeback bid by the Saints (4-7-2, 1-3-2) after Siena fell behind Manhattan (2-12-1, 2-3-1) early in the second half. The Jaspers' Daniel Festa scored in the 56th minute to put Manhattan on top.
Siena would get numerous chances to tie the game firing a whopping 18 shots - 10 of which were on goal - in the second half alone. But it would not be until a foul, Manhattan yellow card and ensuing free kick with just over four minutes remaining, that the Saints would finally cash in.
The yellow card allowed the Saints time to crowd the box and have goalie Jack Binks take the free kick from just past midfield. Binks' kick was launched into the box and after both teams battled back and forth for possession, the ball squirted out to Vlasich who buried a blast into the back of the net.
Siena would get another great opportunity seconds into the first overtime when the Jaspers' Eugene Heerschap was issued a red card and dismissed from the match. The Saints would play with the extra man for the final 19 minutes of action, but couldn't net the elusive golden goal and had to settle for the tie.
Siena out-shot Manhattan 28-13 while running its unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2) against the Jaspers.
Manhattan's George Ellis, the defending MAAC and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, posted 13 saves for the upstart Jaspers which are now unbeaten in their last three games after having lost 43 straight.
The MAAC Rookie of the Week, Binks meanwhile made three saves for Siena.
While all 10 MAAC Men's Soccer programs do qualify for the MAAC Championships this season, the Saints will look to improve their seeding when they return to the pitch Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff at defending conference champion Saint Peter's.