LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - Siena Women's Soccer continues its quest for the program's third MAAC Championship when the fourth seeded Saints battle regular season champion and top seed Monmouth in the MAAC Semifinals Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Tom James and Eddie Rodriguez have the call of the match on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app. Click the link at the top of the release to watch the match, and following all the action by clicking on the MAAC Tournament Central link. Additionally, on-site social media updates will be provided thrroughout the day from the field by following @SienaWSoccer on twitter. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints and #MAACSoccer.
The Siena-Monmouth winner will face the victor of the second semifinal between second seeded Manhattan and No. 3 seed Quinnipiac in the MAAC Championship Match Wednesday at noon on ESPN3. The Jaspers and Bobcats kickoff at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
Siena in the MAAC Championships
Record: 10-13-2 (18th Appearance)
Championships: 2 (2010, 2015)
Vs. Monmouth: 1-0
Siena is making the program's 18th MAAC Tournament appearance and program record fifth straight, as this season's senior class joins last year's seniors as the only two classes in school history to qualify for the MAAC Tournament in all four years. The Saints have captured the program's first two MAAC Tournament Championships over the previous seven seasons, winning their first title as the No. 3 seed in 2010, before going on a Cinderella-like run two Novembers ago in which Siena became the first-ever No. 6 seed to capture the crown.
The Saints are an impressive 8-3 in MAAC Tournament matches since 2010 after having posted a collective 2-10-2 mark over the program's first 18 seasons in the league. Siena's eight MAAC Tournament wins since 2010 are the most of any league school. Monmouth, which joined the MAAC in 2013, ranks second with six wins over that time. The Saints are making the program's third consecutive MAAC Semifinals appearance and hold a 4-7-2 all-time record in semifinals matches, having previously advanced to the tournament final in 1996, 2006, 2010, and 2015. Siena is 3-6-1 all-time as the No. 4 seed, although this marks the first time in which Siena has been seeded fourth since advancing to the MAAC Championship Match in 2006.
The Saints are making the program's fifth MAAC Tournament appearance at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where Siena has posted a 3-4 all-time record. After dropping each of the program's first three MAAC Tournament appearances as the higher seeded team in the Sunshine State, the Saints earned the program's first two victories in Florida in its last appearance here in 2013 to advance to the MAAC Semifinals as the No. 6 seed.
The Series With Monmouth (Seventh Meeting: Monmouth leads, 5-1)
Siena and Monmouth meet for the seventh time, with all six meetings coming since the Hawks joined the MAAC in 2013. Monmouth has won five of the first six matchups, although the Saints hold the biggest series win. Sixth seeded Siena upset the top seed and tournament host Hawks 2-1 in the MAAC Semifinals two years ago on the Jersey Shore en route to continuing their Cinderella-like run to the program's second MAAC Championship.
Monmouth captured the regular season matchup between the squads, posting a 3-1 victory in Loudonville to spoil the Saints' Senior Day on Oct. 14. Gabriella Cuevas scored her first two goals of the season off a pair of first half corner kicks to propel the Hawks, while senior captain Michele Tremblay accounted for the Siena score. Monmouth held a 19-13 advantage in shots, and an 8-3 margin in corners. Both the Saints' Taylor Dorado and the Hawks' Amanda Knaub each made six saves in goal.
Scouting Siena (11-7)
Siena enters today's showdown playing its best soccer of the year, having won seven of its past eight matches. The Saints rallied back from the program's first 0-3 league start since their inaugural MAAC season in 1992 by outscoring their opponents 16-5 during their run with the team's only defeat coming at the hands of the regular season champion Hawks. Siena's regular season-ending win over Rider secured the program's 10th double digit win season and third in the past five years.
The Saints will be playing for the second time in 45 hours, after having gone 11 days between the team's regular season finale at the Broncs Oct. 18 to Sunday's 1-0 MAAC Quarterfinals victory over No. 5 seed and I-87 rival Marist. Senior captain Madison Vasquez scored the decisive goal in the 52nd minute for Siena which recorded their fifth straight win over the Red Foxes while running their unbeaten streak over their rivals to seven (6-0-1).
The Saints have been led offensively by junior Gabby Albano, who leads the MAAC with five game-winning goals while also ranking tied for third in goals (eight) and tied for fifth in scoring (18). Albano's five game-winners this season are tied for 12th most nationally and are just one off the program single-season record of six set by Ashleigh Barone in 2008.
Tremblay stands second on the squad with 13 points. She ranks tied for 12th nationally with her nine assists, which are tied for the most in program single-season history (Val Kujan - 1993). Tremblay's 19 career assists also rank as third most in program history.
Defensively, Dorado has enjoyed another stellar year in goal. The sophomore leads the MAAC with a .844 save percentage, and ranks third in both shutouts (seven) and saves (92). Dorado's seven shutouts are just one off the program single-season benchmark, and she was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week four times during the regular season, marking the most single-season conference weekly awards by any player in program history.
Scouting Monmouth (13-3-2)
Monmouth enters today's match having won four straight, which began with their Oct. 14 victory over the Saints in Loudonville. The Hawks have posted a 6-2 MAAC Tournament mark since joining the conference in 2013, including a perfect 4-0 record here in Florida. Monmouth has won the MAAC Regular Season Championship in each of its first five seasons in the conference , culminating with MAAC Tournament Titles in both 2013 and 2016. Including both regular season and tournament play, the Hawks have recorded an astounding 50-5-3 record since joining the MAAC.