Oct. 16, 2011
For the first time in 12 tries, the Saints came out of an overtime game without either a win or a loss. This time, Siena settled for the more customary tie, playing Rider to a scoreless draw Sunday afternoon in New Jersey.
Siena (7-6-1, 2-3-1) had been a remarkable 9-2 in their previous 11 overtime contests without tying a single time. But this afternoon the Saints would play to both their first tie and scoreless tie in three years.
Both Siena and Rider (9-4-3, 2-2-1) played to an evenly matched game amongst two of the conference's final four teams from a year ago. The Broncs held a slight 17-16 edge in shots, while Siena attempted seven corners to Rider's five.
Both teams seemed to have their best chances in overtime, where the squads each had four shots and three corners apiece. But both Siena's Laura Ettinger and Rider's Danielle Singson played at their best, making three saves each during the extra sessions.
Ettinger finished with six saves overall in earning her fifth clean sheet of the season. She has now posted 18 career shutouts, placing her one shy of Noel Cox '04 for the program's all-time record.
Singson meanwhile was equally impressive in posting seven saves.
Ettinger and her back line did a stellar job shutting down Abi Cottam and Rider's high powered offense. Cottam entered the week as the nation's ninth leading scorer, while the Broncs had scored 10 goals in their last two games - wins over the MAAC's top two teams Canisius and Marist.
With an important point in hand, the defending MAAC Champs return to Loudonville to play their final three games of the regular season at home as they look to secure some victories and return to both Baltimore and the MAAC Championships next month.
Siena, which has won 13 in a row at home, returns to the pitch Friday for a 3 p.m. kickoff in a rematch of last year's MAAC Championship game against Canisius.