Nov. 2, 2007
Loudonville, N.Y. - Siena midfielder Chelsea Maguire connected on what proved to be her third game winning goal of the season in the 85th minute to send the Saints off with a 1-0 win over Canisius (6-9-2, 3-4-1) in Loudonville. With the victory, Siena's (8-8-1, 5-3-0) playoffs hopes remain alive as they continue to make a push for the 2007 women' soccer MAAC Championships.
The teams battled through the first 45 minutes of what proved to be a defensive stalemate. The two sides entered intermission locked at a scoreless tie.
The Saints entered the second half rejuvenated as they managed to control the tempo of the contest. With 84:53 on the clock, Maguire broke up the Golden Griffins shutout effort with a corner kick that found its way into the back of the net. Maguire sent a slicing kick into the box that was mishandled by the Canisius goalkeeper Daniella Pettinari.
Pettinari recorded two saves on the afternoon.
Siena displayed a superb defensive effort which was anchored by its four starting backs: Shana Brady, Katie Goodwin, Jen Smith and Jessica Kuehne. Additionally, goalkeeper Patti Carroll helped preserve her second shutout of the season with a pair of saves.
The win helps Siena improve to 5-3-0 in the conference and an impressive 6-1-0 home record. The Saints can secure a playoff spot with a victory over Niagara (9-5-2, 4-1-2) on Sunday afternoon. Siena will also honor its eight seniors in a pregame ceremony prior to the contest. Kick off is slated for noon on Siena Field.