Oct. 12, 2003
The Siena College women's soccer team gave up a two-goal lead in the final 16 minutes of the second half, playing to an eventual 2-2 tie with Niagara University this afternoon in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y. The tie was the first for the Saints this season, who now stand at 5-6-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the league. Niagara is now 4-5-3 on the season and 2-0-1 in the MAAC.
The Saints put away their first goal of the afternoon thirty minutes into the first half as Corry Silon found the back of the net off a ball by Melissa Farrington. Neither team managed to score again before the half ended as Siena took the one-goal advantage into halftime.
Katie Ferry gave the Green and Gold a two-goal lead at the 66:58 mark on a play that began with Jill Lanzl sending in a ball that Vicki Fenley managed to get her foot on and cross over to Ferry waiting on the right side of the cage. Ferry then sent the ball to the left corner of the net for the tally.
The Purple Eagles began their comeback on a penalty kick that was issued after Saint keeper Noel Cox slid into a Niagara player in an attempt to stop a one vs. one situation. Amber Niece converted on the penalty shot at the 74:36 mark to put the Purple Eagles within one goal of tying it up. A little over ten minutes later with the clock at 85:09, Niagara managed to put away the game-tying goal that sent the two teams into overtime as Niece floated in a corner kick that Emily Montgomery fired into the cage.
It was all Green and Gold in the first overtime period as Siena put constant pressure on the Niagara goalie, while keeping the Purple Eagles from getting off a single shot. The Saints had a couple of good opportunities to secure the win, but were unable to finish. Erin DeMatteo worked tirelessly, firing both shots for Siena, one of which was saved by Niagara keeper Katy Owings while the other sailed too high above the net.
In the second overtime period the Saints again dominated play, sending three shots Niagara's way while the Purple Eagles recorded just one attempt at a goal. But the victory was not to be for Siena as time ran out on the Saints and the two teams ended in a 2-2 tie.
Siena outshot the Purple Eagles 18-9.
Cox made four saves in the net for the Saints while Owings had nine stops for Niagara. The Saints will next be in action this Saturday, October 18 as they host Marist College. Game-time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.