Offense Paces Saints to First Win of 2012

Cahalan moves into a tie for sixth place on the program's all-time scoring list

Sept. 14, 2012

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Kelly Ristoff and Caitlin Cahalan scored just two minutes apart late in the first half, propelling Siena Women's Soccer to its first win of 2012. The Saints defeated Central Connecticut State 2-1 Friday afternoon at Siena Field.

The Saints (1-4) received a big boost from their offense throughout the match. After recording just two goals and 17 shots total in their first four games, Siena peppered the Central Connecticut (1-5) cage for 23 shots.

But before the scoring came, the game was dictated early by both teams' goalies who each came up huge on penalty shots.

In the 19th minute the Blue Devils' Rachel Cerrone was awarded a penalty kick, but Siena keeper Taylor Booth guessed right and dove to her left to make a sprawling save.

Less than four minutes later the Saints would get a chance of their own, but Cahalan's penalty shot hit one post and her rebound attempt hit the other post keeping the game scoreless.

Ristoff finally broke through for the Saints in the 32nd minute. Central Connecticut had trouble all game long clearing their own end and finally paid for it. Brittany Pfaff and Ristoff pressured in deep and forced a turnover. Ristoff collected the ball and following one touch fired it inside the far post from just outside the top of the box for her first career tally.

Just 2:13 later, Cahalan gave Siena a commanding 2-0 lead. The senior captain fired home a free kick from five yards outside the box to the right, collecting her elusive first goal of the season. The score gives Cahalan 53 career points, moving her into a tie for sixth place on the school's all-time scoring list.

Central Connecticut would make things interesting late. Allison Kelley scored in the 76th minute to make it 2-1, but the Saints would hang on and pick up the victory and thus end a 10-game winless streak.

Nikola Deiter made six saves for the Blue Devils while Booth stopped five shots for the Saints which picked up their first win over Central Connecticut in 17 years, snapping a six-game losing streak against them.

The Saints will look to make it two in a row Sunday when they welcome Quinnipiac to Loudonville for a 1 p.m. kickoff.