Women's soccer dominates Siena, moves to 3-0 in MAAC
One of the unique things in sports is that you can completely dominate a team, but may end up still winning a close game.
This was the case on Saturday night at Tenney Stadium as the Marist Red Foxes women's soccer team held off the Hudson Valley rival Siena Saints, 2-1 despite holding a 35-8 edge in total shots. 2nd year head coach Cait Lyn was very upbeat about the offensive performance following the game.
"I thought the girls were high spirited, they were pushing hard and kept committing numbers into the box and I knew that even if it was an ugly goal, it was going to be a goal" Lyn said.
The win improves Marist to 9-5 overall and 3-0 in the MAAC while the Saints drop to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the MAAC.
The Red Foxes would come out of the gates firing as Melanie Rigo, Amanda Epstein and Alycia Cartica within the first 20 minutes would test Siena goalie Taylor Booth.
This would become a pattern for much of the evening as in the 22nd minute, Cartica delivered a beautiful cross to Epstein who dropped it off to junior Samantha Panzer who ripped a shot that was saved by Booth.
Cartica was right in the middle of everything just a few minutes later as her shot was deflected by Booth right to Rigo who nearly put it home but was denied.
Siena did not put their first shot on goal until the final stages of the first half, but sophomore keeper Andrea Wicks saved them both.
The teams would enter the locker room scoreless as the Red Foxes searched for a way to beat Booth, a sophomore from Epping, N.H.
The answer nearly came in the form of a header by Marissa Mertens off a corner in the 52nd minute, but a case of a Siena defender being in the right place at the right time kept the score deadlocked at zero.
For the Red Foxes, their efforts were finally rewarded in the 69th minute as Epstein served a ball to a waiting Rycke Guiney on the right wing who beat Booth for a 1-0 lead for the home team.
Before anyone in Tenney Stadium even had time to blink, Caitlin Calahan was in on goal for Siena and she delivered a pass to Michelle Yaniello who tied the game at one apiece just 77 seconds after Guiney's goal.
Fitting the bill of a classic rivalry game, the contest wouldn't come without some late-game dramatics.
"Realizing the momentum that we had and looking back at the stats, I think it was pretty clear that the girls were determined to score" Lyn said.
Two minutes following Yaniello's goal, someone that Siena fans may remember all too well would score a game-winner for the second consecutive year against the Saints.
Epstein, the defending MAAC rookie of the year gathered a rebound off a seemingly harmless shot from 30 yards out by Rigo and booted it into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.
The sophomore from Jericho, N.Y. was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts.
The Marist back line would stand tall over the final 15 minutes as the Saints failed to garner a quality scoring chance.
For the match, the Red Foxes also held a 14-5 edge in shots on target and 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Up next for the Red Foxes is a first place showdown on Friday night at Tenney Stadium as the Fairfield Stags make their way to Poughkeepsie. The Stags come into the game at 4-0 in MAAC play. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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