Nov. 15, 2002
John Alecci and Vinnie Piscopo scored six minutes apart in the second half to break open a tie game and catapult Loyola College (12-4-3) to a 4-2 men's soccer victory over Siena (5-10-3) in the first round of the MAAC Championships Friday afternoon in Larenceville, N.J. C.J. Melilli scored both Siena goals in a losing effort.
The Greyhounds started the scoring 34 minutes into the game as Nate Lyden finished a Conor Messerle pass to break the ice. That would be the lone score of the first half as both defenses dominated and each goalie made several key saves. Siena's Jonathan Hicks collected five of his 10 saves before the break.
Melilli got the Saints on the board with an unassisted tally nearly 15 minutes into the second half to square things up at 1-1. The game-changing sequence occurred at the 71 minute mark as Alecci found the back of the net off a feed from teammate Jay Joyce. Six minutes later, Loyola got an insurance goal as Piscopo headed an Adriano Juliano centering pass.
Melilli got the Saints back on the board five minutes later after a pass from Mike Coyle, but the Saints would get no closer.
Adriano closed out the scoring with under a minute remaining off a Bill Law pass.
Loyola out-shot Siena 18-8 and held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. The spirited battle also featured six caution cards-four of which were assigned to the Greyhounds.
Siena's season ends after a dramatic last-week run catapulted the team to the four-squad championship session. The Saints captured upset victories in their final two conference games to earn a Tournament berth.