Loyola's Second Half Surge Downs Saints
Oct. 28, 2011
Loyola dominated the second half outshooting Siena Men's Soccer 14-4 and scored both goals of the stanza to overcome the Saints 2-1 Friday afternoon at Siena Turf Field. Joe Miner scored his team-high fourth goal of the year for Siena.
It was another frustrating loss for the Saints (4-9-2, 1-5-2) which have been in every game this season, having all 15 matches decided by one goal or less. Loyola (10-4-2, 5-2-1) meanwhile continued to surge as the Greyhounds ran their unbeaten streak to six straight.
The Greyhounds dominated possession throughout, but in the opening half it would be the Saints that would cash in. In the 15th minute Daniel Alderstad won the battle for the ball at the top of the box and volleyed a one hopper to the left to Miner. The Saints' forward got his boot on the ball just before the keeper came out and put it in to give Siena a 1-0 advantage.
Loyola came out of the locker room a completely different squad in the second half. The Greyhounds peppered the Siena goal early and often and it took just 1:47 to tie things up. Vegard Vinje fired a shot that was blocked but deflected out to the left right to Geaton Caltabiano who fired it home for his seventh goal of the season.
The Greyhounds continued to turn up the pressure on the Saints and got the go-ahead tally in the 74th minute. Clearing the ball out of his own end, Stephen Dooley dribbled all the way down the field, cut out to the right and blasted a ball that skimmed along the turf right to left and into the Siena goal.
The Saints had a golden opportunity to tie things as time was set to expire, but Loyola goalie Kyle Wittman punched out a cross in the box to preserve the win for his side.
In a matchup of two of the conference's top keepers, Wittman made three saves for Loyola while Jack Binks stopped five shots for the Saints.
Siena closes out regular season action Sunday when they host Rider for Senior Day at 3 p.m.