Oct. 22, 2004
Freshman Liam Welsh and Tom Santoro each scored as the Saints fell to Iona, 3-2 in double overtime of a Metro Athletic Association Conference men's soccer game at Mazzella Field this afternoon.
Nicholas Smaldone's goal in the second minute of the second overtime proved to be the game-winner as the Gaels pulled out the victory. Sophomore Paul Racines' netted two goals in the win for the Gaels (4-9-0, 1-5-0 MAAC).
The two teams battled in the first half without finding the back of the net. Siena (1-9-4, 1-2-1 MAAC) had a 10-4 shot advantage entering the break.
In a fast paced second half, each team got on the board twice. Racines scored the first goal of the game, one timing a corner kick attempt from senior captain Sheu Fortunato at 53:55. The Gaels took a two-goal lead less than ten minutes later as Racines converted on his team-leading fifth of the season as he beat Siena net minder Patrick Henry on a free kick from just outside of the penalty box.
After Iona's Ryan Reyes was sent off with a red card in the 66th minute, the Saints took advantage of the Gaels with a man down, storming back to tie the game with a little over eight minutes to play. Siena's goal scoring leader Tom Santoro netted his fifth of the year putting home a rebound off the foot of Thomas Bianco at 75:30. Joe Vitale picked up the secondary assist as he centered it to Bianco. Liam Welsh tied the game at 82:34 heading a Bianco serve over Iona net minder Patrick McAllen to send the game into overtime.
Both teams had a few opportunities in the first OT, but none better than Racines' one-on-one chance with Henry. After beating Henry, Racines was caught up to by a Siena defender who cleared the ball off his foot to save the potential game-winner. Sheu Fortunato's rebound attempt sailed high.
In the second overtime, just under three minutes in, Smaldone took a chip pass from freshman Pasquale Abuiso just outside the penalty box and blasted it home for the gamewinner. Fortunato picked up the second assist, his second of the game.
McAllen stopped a career-high 13 shots to pick up his fourth win of the season. Henry made for saves and the team had one for the Saints. Siena outshot Iona, 29-14 in the game.
The Saints continue their two-game road trip on Sunday afternoon when they take on Fairfield at 3:00 p.m.