Late Own Goal Sinks Saints
Oct. 23, 2011
Only four shots in Siena's game Sunday at Saint Peter's were on goal. Three of those found the back of the net. Unfortunately, while the final of those came off a Siena boot, it did not go in the correct goal as an own goal in the 86th minute lifted the Peacocks to a 2-1 victory.
In a game that pitted the top two MAAC teams from a season ago, both sides played to an evenly contested match. Both Siena (4-8-2, 1-4-2) and Saint Peter's (4-11, 3-4) attempted 10 shots, with the Peacocks holding a slim 4-3 edge in corners.
Siena struck first in the 60th minute when freshman Nathan Olukanmi netted his third goal of the season, tying him for the team lead. Nick Viaggio's pass deflected off a Peacock defender to Olukanmi who beat the keeper inside the far left post.
But seven minutes later the Peacocks would knot the score when Andrew Kelly fired home a shot to make it 1-1.
The game seemed like it was headed for overtime before the unlucky play unfolded with just 4:36 remaining. Off a free kick, a Siena defender tried to clear out the ball but unfortunately his attempt directed into the Saints' goal, sending the Green and Gold to a gut-wrenching defeat moments later.
The Saints return home to Siena Turf Field for a pair of games next weekend to close out regular season action. Siena plays host to Loyola Friday in a 3 p.m. kickoff.