May 1, 2012
Siena men's soccer recently put a bow on their spring season as the program prepares for the 2012 campaign. The Saints posted a 3-1-1 mark in five games, showing a much needed scoring punch in the five matches, tallying 10 goals.
"We really emphasized combinations and patterns of playing going forward this spring," said head coach Gareth Elliott. I was happy with much of the attacking football that we played."
Rising sophomore Nathan Olukanmi led the Saints with nine points on three goals and three assists, providing a constant threat on the right flank. Olukanmi dazzled throughout his freshman year with his speed playing both midfield and forward. A native of Milton Keynes, England, he scored three goals and finished with six points last fall.
"Nathan did well," added Elliott. "He showed great movement going forward and put quality services into the box which we needed from him."
Siena ranked in the top-40 nationally last year on defense, allowing less than a goal per game for just the second time in program history. But with a renewed emphasis on going forward shown this spring, the Saints expect to return to being a powerful and exciting goal scoring team in 2012, resembling one similar to the 2010 squad which finished second in the nation in scoring.
"I am eager to build on the bright spots from this spring along with our strong defensive record in 2011," noted Elliott. "We have a lot to look forward to in the 2012 season."