Saints Prevail Over Canisius in Wild Affair
Sept. 30, 2012
Siena Women's Soccer competed in its highest scoring match in five years, defeating Canisius 5-3 Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, N.Y. Caitlin Cahalan was involved on all five scores and posted a career-high seven points as Siena earned a split of its MAAC opening weekend in western New York.
The eight combined goals scored between the teams were the most in a Siena (5-6, 1-1) match since a 9-0 thrashing of Saint Peter's on Oct. 21, 2007. Additionally, Siena's five goals tied for the most since that same match.
Early on though, it appeared as if the Saints would quickly dispatch Canisius (2-10, 0-2).
Cahalan scored twice in the first 12 minutes, giving Siena an apparently commanding 2-0 advantage. The senior striker later assisted on each of the Saints' final three goals and during the afternoon passed Tabitha Tice '10 for fifth all-time on the program's career scoring list, while tying her for fifth in career goals.
But what looked like it may be a laugher early clearly was not as pesky Canisius would not go away.
The Golden Griffins' Megan Mahoney matched Cahalan's feat and tallied two goals of her own in just a 3:23 span to knot the game at 2-2 in the 30th minute. The resilient Saints however would match Canisius' counter punches all day long as Taylor D'Alfonso scored to make it a 3-2 advantage at the half.
After five combined goals were scored in a 29-minute span in the first half, it seemed as if things had settled down in the second stanza as the squads went more than 37 minutes before the next tally. But that would be anything but the case as three goals would be scored in the next seven minutes.
Anna Grant made it a 4-2 Siena lead in the 72nd minute, notching her first career goal. The two-goal advantage would be short-lived once again as Brooke Bandazian responded in the 77th minute to cut the Saints' lead to 4-3.
But finally the Saints ended Canisius' hopes once and for all as Brittany Pfaff clanged in her fourth goal of the season off the far post and into the cage in the 79th minute to seal the deal. Pfaff, who added an assist, combined with Cahalan for a huge weekend as the Saints 1-2 punch combined for 14 points in western New York.
Siena out-shot Canisius 20-17 as the Saints' finished with seven goals on the weekend - matching their season total from their first nine games of the year combined. Siena and its opponents combined for a whopping 13 goals overall for the weekend.
Siena concludes its season long four-game road trip Saturday night at defending MAAC Champion Marist. The Saints and Red Foxes kickoff at 7 p.m. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.