LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Soccer officially begins its latest quest for the program's first MAAC Championship when the Saints kick off the program's 28th season of conference competition against Fairfield at Siena Turf Field at 3 p.m. The match will be webstreamed online in HD exclusively at SienaAllAccess.com.
Today's match is the second of six scheduled Siena All-Access men's soccer broadcasts this fall, as each of the Saints' final six home contests will be streamed online in HD at SienaAllAccess.com. Siena Soccer matches can be viewed individually for $7.95, or purchase a season package which includes all six home matches for just $35.95, nearly a 25% savings off the per-game price. To watch today's match or purchase a Siena Soccer season package, click the corresponding links at the top of the page.
In addition to streaming game broadcasts online, Siena remains one of the few schools in the country to stream live sporting events directly to your smart phone. Viewers can catch all the action on their iOS (Apple) devices as well as those that support Adobe Flash 10.1 or greater (Android devices) in addition to their laptops, desktops and tablets.
Features to the Siena All-Access platform include live stats and ticker updates with important game information and twitter updates. Additionally, all games are archived upon their conclusion and can viewed at any time through the on-demand feature.
Siena (2-5-2) enters its MAAC season battle tested following one of the most challenging non-conference slates in program history. Seven of the Saints' nine non-conference foes currently boast .500 or better marks, and a collective 41-27-10 (.590) overall record. Siena faced six squads which posted .500 or better overall records last season, including three which won either or both their conference's regular season and tournament championships.
The Saints will look to build off a strong conclusion to their non-conference season, which featured a dramatic, late, come-from-behind win at Atlantic 10 foe George Mason Saturday. Siena rallied for the tying goal with just 3:38 remaining in regulation, and freshman Matt Crisafulli netted the golden goal just 80 seconds into overtime for the 2-1 win.
For his heroics, Crisafulli was tabbed the MAAC Rookie of the Week Monday for the second time this season. Additionally, senior striker Junior Rosero, who factored in all three of the Saints' goals last week tallying four points on a goal and two assists, was also named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his Siena career.
The Saints and Fairfield (2-3-2) were both predicted to finish in the thick of the MAAC race this season. Siena was projected to finish fifth according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll in receiving 76 points, and was picked just behind the Stags who were slotted fourth with 86 points.
The Saints finished sixth in the MAAC last season with a 5-4-1 league mark, while Fairfield finished just a point better and in a three-way tie for third with a 5-3-2 record. The Saints have posted a collective regular season record of 107-97-24 (.522) over their first 27 MAAC seasons, including an even 13-13-4 record over their first three seasons under the direction of head coach Cesar Markovic.
Siena and Fairfield meet today for the 29th time, with the Stags holding an 18-6-4 all-time advantage. Fairfield is unbeaten over the past four matchups in the series (2-0-2), as the Saints will be in search of their first win over the Stags since a 3-1 triumph in Connecticut on Oct. 15, 2010. The Stags also carry a five-match unbeaten streak (3-0-2) against Siena in Loudonville, with the Saints last victory being a 1-0 win on Oct. 24, 2003.
Fairfield has dropped three of its past four matchups entering play, after having begun their 2016 campaign with a mini three-match unbeaten streak. Ben Wignall paces the Stags offensively with six points on three goals. Fifteen of the 19 goals scored in Fairfield's matches so far this season have come in the second half and overtime.