Oct. 31, 2004
Junior Sean Kelly scored his second goal of the season and sophomore midfielder Tom Battiste added an insurance goal in the second half as the Siena men's soccer team was victorious on senior day defeating Manhattan, 2-0, in Loudonville, N.Y. Sunday. With the win the Saints improve to 2-10-5, 2-3-2 while the Jaspers fall to 3-12-0, 1-6-0.
The Saints defense proved stellar, allowing just seven shots, as Patrick Henry earned his second shutout of the season and improved his record to 2-10-5.
On the afternoon when the Saints honored their five seniors, the team dominated the Jaspers for the entire duration of the game, showering Manhattan with 17 shots. Manhattan had chances early on with two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of play. Over the course of the game, the Saints had several other close scoring opportunities.
Battiste would find the goal in the 27th minute of play when he scored off a free kick from co-captain C.J. Mellili. The Saints took a 1-0 lead into halftime and would notch an insurance goal in the 51st minute when Kelly knocked in a double assist pass from junior Christian Crescitelli and senior co-captain Joe Vitale. The assist gives Vitale 14 for his career and puts him second as Siena's all-time assist record behind leader Paul Laniewski (1984-87) who tallied 25 assists during his career.
Charlie Curto, Siena head coach, said he is proud of his team's performance on Senior Day.
"The team played very well today," Curto said. "We could've had five goals today. We had a ton of opportunities, but we got the result we wanted to send the seniors off right."
Those five seniors included Tom Bianco (Scotia, N.Y.), Jeff Turnipseed (Highland Village, Tex.), Thomas Santoro (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Joe Vitale (Scotia, N.Y.) and C. J. Mellili (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.).
The Saints are back in action at 3 p.m. Friday in Lawrenceville, N.J. when they take on the Rider Broncs. The Saints then will conclude the regular season Sunday, Nov. 7 at Loyola. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.