LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Soccer saw its 20-game home non-conference unbeaten streak snapped as Delaware topped the Saints 1-0 Sunday afternoon in the home opener at Siena Field. Gina DiTaranto tallied the decisive goal for the Blue Hens in the 38th minute.
The loss was just the Saints' (0-3) first non-conference home defeat in six years. Stony Brook was the last non-conference foe to leave Loudonville victorious, defeating the Saints 2-1 on Aug. 25, 2006. That was also the last time Siena dropped its home opener.
Delaware (1-2) secured most of the matches' chances, out-shooting Siena 14-5 and holding a 6-0 edge in corners.
But the Saints had their best chance early to jump out to a quick lead. In the 14th minute, freshman Kelly Ristoff made a nifty one-on-move and her shot from the top of the box beat the keeper. But the attempt nicked off the left post and trickled laterally across the goal mouth, never crossing the line.
The Blue Hens secured their lone goal thanks to a pair of late first half substitutes. Shannon Kearney fed DiTaranto who received the ball 10 yards outside of the box. With her back to goal, Di Taranto turned right and lofted a shot past Siena goalie Taylor Booth.
Booth finished with three saves, while her counterpart Jessica Levy was called upon to make just one stop to record the shutout.
The Saints return to the pitch Friday night when they travel to Binghamton. Kickoff is 6 p.m.