Sept. 7, 2008
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Freshman Ashleigh Barone scored two goals to help Siena fend off Youngstown State 2-1 on Sunday in Loudonville. Barone has tallied three goals in Siena's first two wins.
Siena (2-0) dominated the play in the first half, outshooting Youngstown State (0-3) 14-1, but only managed to put three on goal. The Saints' defense was solid, allowing just the first shot by the Penguins in the 24th minute. Jodi Bowlen hit a promising shot from outside the box, but Saints goalkeeper Laura Ettinger calmly leapt and tipped the ball over the crossbar. Ettinger recorded four saves in her second career start.
The Saints continued controlling the play in the second half, but couldn't find the net until the 69th minute. Sophomore Tabitha Tice received a pass from senior Chelsea Maguire and hit a lob of a service into the box where Barone found it and volleyed it past goalkeeper Mariah Snyder on the near post.
Barone scored her second goal of the game just 10 minutes later. She took another pass from Tice and broke away from the defense, placing the shot in the right corner of the net for the 2-0 lead.
Youngstown State responded three minutes later, scoring a goal to cut the lead to 2-1. Jordan Gapczynski hit a shot from outside the box that got past a diving Ettinger but hit the crossbar. The ball bounced back to Bowlen who finished it in the back of the net.
The Penguins' new life came a little late, and the Saints hung on for the 2-1 victory.
The Saints return to action on Tuesday when they host cross-town rival UAlbany on Siena Field at 4 p.m.