Oct. 17, 2004
Bryna Bailey deflected Nicole Falco's entry pass past Kristen Heyde in the 54th minute, propelling Sacred Heart to a crucial 1-0 victory at Siena on Sunday. The two teams exchanged opportunities all afternoon before Bailey's score tempered the Saints Senior Day celebration.
The game was scoreless at halftime as both teams failed to convert on their seven shots. The Saints held a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners, and nearly broke through after time had expired. Siena was a awarded a corner as the clock ran out, and controlled the ball long enough to fire two shots at Sacred Heart's Robyn Breer. Breer turned away Hanna Lestrange's initial offering and then stopped Traci Baldwin's rebound attempt to keep the game scoreless.
Siena's Kristen Heyde was up to the task in the final home game of her career as well. Heyde stopped five shots on the afternoon including an undefended offering by Colleen Carney.
Following Bailey's score, the Saints had several chances to even the score. The best opportunity came when senior Jessica Peluso broke free at the 10-minute mark. Peluso was turned away when Breer, who played aggressively all afternoon, came out of the cage and undercut the Siena forward as she brought her stick forward.
Peluso had four of Siena's 10 shots; Baldwin added three. Sacred Heart finished with 11 shots. Siena held a narrow 8-7 edge in penalty corners.
The Saints conclude regular-season play at Rider and Monmouth next weekend.