Nov. 3, 2006
Fairfield, Conn. - Senior Kristen Turner (Wappingers Falls, N.Y./John Jay) posted the game winning goal in the 49th minute to lead the Saints past Loyola 1-0 this afternoon in the MAAC Women's Soccer Championship semifinal on the campus of Fairfield University. The Saints move into the championship contest for just the second time in program history (1996).
"We set our goals high in the beginning of the season, and now we are one game away from achieving them," said Turner following the Saints victory. "We worked hard all season for an opportunity at the MAAC title and we hope to capitalize on it Sunday."
The Saints mounted their attack in the second half when Turner took a pass from senior Lauren Stys (Hooksett, N.H./Manchester Central) in the middle of the field, beat her defender and blasted it into the back of the net. Turner, the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, leads the league with five game winning goals.
"It was a great all around team effort," said head coach Steve Karbowski. "We played with great composure and possessed the ball well. We waited for our opportunity to score and capitalized on it when it surfaced."
The Greyhounds controlled the first half outshooting Siena 6-4. They missed a scoring opportunity early on when forward Carolyn Kennington blasted a shot on goal from the left side, which was saved by the diving goalkeeper Patti Carroll (Middle Grove, N.Y./Galway). Carroll anchored the Siena defense registering seven saves securing her fourth shutout of the season.
The Saints pushed hard on the offensive front in the second half resulting in a Tuner goal in the 49th minute. Stys helped secure the shutout on the defensive end shutting down the top-seeded Greyhounds offense.
"It feels great to finally beat Loyola, we have not been able to do this in my first three years here," said an exuberant Stys. "We hope reach our goal and take home the MAAC championship on Sunday."
With the win, Siena moves into the MAAC Championship to face second-seeded Niagara University (11-6-1, 6-2-1). The Saints (9-7-2, 5-3-1) look to earn their first MAAC championship Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Lessing Field on the campus of Fairfield University. The championship match will be televised on ESPNU. The winner of the 2006 MAAC Women's Soccer Championship will earn an automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.