Oct. 14, 2011
Until last season, Baltimore had been a city of horrors for Siena Women's Soccer. But the Saints captured their first MAAC Championship in 2010, winning their first-ever games in the Charm City. This season, it appeared the new winning trend on Loyola's campus would continue, but the Greyhounds scored twice in the game's final 13 minutes to overcome and stun Siena 2-1.
Siena (7-6, 2-3) took a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute on one of the most historic goals in program history. The reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week Ashleigh Barone finished a pass from Maren Serafine and Lindsay Tegas, rifling a ball from 15 yards out in to the back of the goal.
The tally pushed Barone to 101 points for her brilliant career, making the Clifton Park, N.Y. native just the sixth player in the 20-year history of MAAC Women's Soccer to accomplish that lofty feat.
For awhile it looked as if Barone's goal would stand up and make it another memorable night in the Saints' recent history in Baltimore. But in the span of just 2:41, celebration turned to heartbreaker.
In the 77th minute Loyola's (5-9, 3-1) Taylor Bryant received a corner kick and fired a ball that clanged off the crossbar and went in to tie the score. Less than three minutes later, Lauren Norcia finished a run into the box and put home what would be the game-winner.
Loyola out-shot the Saints 12-5 and held a 6-3 edge in corners. The Saints' Laura Ettinger made five saves in suffering the defeat.
With the loss, the Saints fell to 0-11-1 all-time in Baltimore against Loyola, with Barone's goal just the second Siena has scored in those 12 games.
The Saints return to action Sunday for their final road game of the regular season Sunday when they face Rider in a 3 p.m. kickoff.