Men's Soccer
Saints Battle Iona to the 110th Minute on Senior Day


Oct. 28, 2007

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Loudonville, N.Y. - The Siena men's soccer team battled Iona (7-8-2, 4-2-2) to a 2-2 tie this afternoon in Loudonville. Saints senior forward Thomas Ciovacco posted a game-high three points, including a goal and an assist on the afternoon. Prior to the contest, Siena (4-7-4, 1-4-2) honored its seven graduating seniors as they celebrated Senior Day.

The Saints jumped out to a two goal advantage early on as Kevin Gluchowski and Ciovacco teamed up for a pair of scores. In the 12th minute, Gluchowski connected on his first goal of the season when he sent a loose ball in front of the goal into the back of the net.

At the 29:32 mark, Ciovacco extended the Siena lead to 2-0 when he notched his second goal of the 2007 campaign. Senior co-captain Jason Laffin tapped a free kick to Ciovacco just outside the box. Ciovacco accepted the pass and blasted one past the Iona goalkeeper Nils Binstock.

Binstock finished the afternoon with a game-high six saves. Siena freshman goalkeeper Steve Skonieczny saw the majority of work in net for the Saints posting two saves on the afternoon. Siena senior Kyle Christiansen earned the start and contributed 31 minutes of scoreless action.

In the 40th minute, Gaels forward Giovanni Destasio tracked down a loose ball in the box and placed it past Skonieczny getting Iona on the scoreboard. The Saints entered intermission with a one goal cushion.

With 56:39 on the clock, the Gaels posted the equalizer when a Siena clear attempt faltered. A Saints pass intended for Skonieczny was intercepted setting the stage for an Aly Lo goal.

The two teams duked it out as each defensive unit stood strong forcing overtime.

Iona outshot the Saints 6-3 over the extra 20 minutes of play. However, the best scoring opportunity came in the 106th minute when Siena midfielder Sebastien Anzevui sent a corner kick into the box. Zach Gosse took control of the ball on the right side and almost squeaked a shot by Binstock who made an impressive diving save.

Prior to the contest, Siena honored seniors Dan Majewski, Adam Comiskey, Kevin Bendl, Jason Laffin, Liam Welsh, Christiansen and Ciovacco for all their accomplishments with the program over the past four years.

Siena wraps up the regular season next weekend with a pair of road games at Manhattan and Saint Peter's. The Saints kick off with the Jaspers on Friday evening at 7 p.m. in Riverdale, N.Y.



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