Nov. 3, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Niagara University scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 59:30 mark to give the Purple Eagles a 2-1 victory over Siena College in MAAC men's soccer action this afternoon at Siena Field. With the loss the Saints fall to 3-9-3 overall and 3-2-2 in the MAAC, while Niagara improves to 5-8-2 on the season and 4-2-1 in league action.
Niagara got on the board first when a Siena defender headed a ball into his own net giving the Purple Eagles the lead. Neither team managed another goal in the first half as Niagara took the 1-0 advantage into halftime.
The second half was marked by a series of penalties, including a couple of red cards issued to freshman Mike Coyle (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay) and sophomore Tom Santoro (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga), forcing Siena to play the remainder of the game two men down. Niagara capitalized on the opportunity as senior Chris Seale scored off a centering pass by sophomore Simon Adair with some thirty minutes left to take a 2-0 lead.
Despite the disadvantage, Siena maintained constant pressure on its offensive end of the field. The Saints hard work paid off at the 88:27 mark as sophomore C.J. Melilli (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) bicycle kicked the ball into the net, cutting the Purple Eagle lead to just one goal. But time ran out on the Saints who suffered their second straight conference loss.
The Saints will travel to Fairfield University this Wednesday, November 6 and will return home for the last game of the regular season to be played on Saturday November 9.