Nov. 7, 2004
Siena men's soccer dropped their season finale to Loyola in a 2-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match in Baltimore Maryland this afternoon. It also marked the final contest for seniors Thomas Bianco, (Scotia, N.Y.), Tom Santoro (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Jeff Turnipseed (Highland Village, Tex.) and co-captains Joe Vitale (Scotia, N.Y.) and C.J. Mellili (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.).
Siena lost a gutsy defensive battle to Loyola. The Saints held the preseason favorite Greyhounds scoreless for the first 52:59 of the game before giving up two goals. After a scoreless first half, Omar Alfonso scored the first goal for Loyola with 42:41 left to go in the game. 16 minutes later, senior Brian O'Connor scored giving the Greyhounds a comfortable lead with 27:00 minutes left to compete.
The Saints defense was lead by goalkeeper Patrick Henry who stopped three shots in a losing effort. Freshman goalie Kyle Christianson collected one save for the Saints, while Loyola keeper Greg Peters held Siena scoreless by tallying two saves in the shutout.
With the loss, Siena ends the season 2-12-5, 2-5-2 in league play setting a school record with five ties and 10 overtimes with eight (0-4-4) in double overtime play. Saints recorded three ties twice in 1982 and 2002 under the helm of Head Coach Charlie Curto.
Santoro piloted the Saints offense with six goals for a total of 12 points and Vitale led with five assists for seven points.