LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - If Siena Men's Soccer wants to capture the program's first-ever MAAC Championship in 2011, it's going to need to win four games in five days. The Saints concluded regular season competition with a scoreless draw against Rider and will be the No. 10 seed in next week's MAAC Championships.
Siena (4-9-3, 1-5-3) will open the MAAC Championships Thursday morning at 11 a.m. on Field 17 at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Saints opponent will be the No. 7 seed Saint Peter's which defeated Siena 2-1 last Sunday in New Jersey.
Both Siena and Rider (3-12-2, 2-6-1) had several great scoring opportunities throughout the match but failed to cash in. The Saints had the best chances to win it late with a couple of great scoring opportunities.
In the 84th minute, Matt Turcio was turned aside by Broncs' keeper Matt Perrella. The rebound came to the left side to James Beeston who fired a shot past Perrella, but Rider's Sal Lubrano was there to knock it out of trouble.
With 25 seconds left in double overtime, Joshua Vlasich sent in a great ball off a free kick from 40 yards out straight away. With everyone playing up in the box, Mike Matera got a head on it but his attempt went just wide of the left post.
Rider out-shot the Saints 18-15 and held an 8-3 edge in corners. With the tie, Siena pushed its unbeaten streak against the Broncs to seven straight at 4-0-3.
Perrella finished with four saves for Rider while Jack Binks made three stops to post his fourth shutout of the season for the Saints.