LOUDONVILLE, NY - Siena Soccer opens its eight-match regular season home slate when the Saints host George Mason in their 2017 home opener at Siena Turf Field at 1 p.m. The match kicks off the first of two season long three-match homestands for the Saints, which continues Wednesday vs. Holy Cross before concluding on Sept. 13 vs. Army West Point.
Follow today's home opener by clicking on the corresponding live stats link at the top of the page. Continuous in-match twitter updates will also be provided via @SienaSoccer, and fans can join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints and #MAACSoccer.
Siena returns home following a strong showing to open the season last weekend in Southern California. The Saints battled defending Big West Champion Cal State Northridge - which has appeared in three of the past five NCAA Tournaments - to a hard fought 2-1 overtime defeat. Siena then closed out the trip with a hard earned point two days later with a scoreless tie at famed Harder Stadium against defending Big West North Division Champion UC Santa Barbara, which has played in 12 of the past 16 NCAA Tournaments.
The Saints are undefeated in home openers under now fifth-year head coach Cesar Markovic, posting a 3-0-1 record. Overall, Markovic, who takes aim at his 200th career collegiate head coaching victory today, has guided Siena to an 18-9-8 (.629) home record during his tenure in Loudonville.
The Saints posted a thrilling 2-1 overtime triumph in the inaugural meeting against George Mason on Sept. 24 of last season in Virginia. After Siena tied the match with just 3:38 remaining in regulation, then freshman Matt Crisafulli scored just 80 seconds into overtime to give the Saints the dramatic victory.
Projected to finish 11th of 13 teams according to the Atlantic 10 Preseason Coaches Poll after posting a 2-12-2 overall record including an 0-7-1 in conference play last season, the Patriots have already matched last year's win total by winning two of their first three matches. George Mason upset 19th ranked Coastal Carolina 2-1 to open the season, and then shutout American 3-0 before suffering its first loss Friday night across town to UAlbany 3-1.