Siena Bests UMass Women's Soccer In Opener, 4-3
Aug 23, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Freshman Megan Burke's shot on a partial breakaway was cleared off the line by a Siena defender seconds before the final horn as the Saints held on to defeat UMass women's soccer, 4-3, in an offensive-minded clash on Friday afternoon. The setback, which was the season opener for both squads, leaves the Minutewomen at 0-1-0 on the year.
Siena leveled things at 1-1 in the 15th minute. As goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski came out to challenge for the ball, Brittany Pfaff poked it past the Minutewomen netminder and it trickled home into the open net.
Just 1:09 later, UMass went back on top with another tally from D'Arcy, marking the junior's second career multi-goal game. Her strike from the top right corner of the box snuck inside the far post at 15:15.
The Saints did manage to net the equalizer before halftime, though, tying the score at 2-2. Tara Sobierajski redirected in a free kick from Anna Grant in the 29th minute.
Siena then took its first lead of the day a mere 39 seconds following the intermission. Pfaff received a feed from Taylor D'Alfonso and Kristen Connors and flicked it over Kriscenski for her second of the day.
At the 55:40 mark, the Minutewomen leveled the score at 3-3. Moore carried the ball up the right sideline and sent it ahead to sophomore Madison Smith. Smith drove a perfectly-timed cross into the box for Burke, who headed home her first collegiate goal inside the far post.
However in the 79th minute, the Saints came up with the eventual game-winner on a long cross that was finished off by an unmarked Coreena D'Alfonso.
UMass finished the contest with a 29-11 shot advantage and led in corner kicks, 6-4. Fouls were 14-9 against the Minutewomen, while the teams were assessed two yellow cards apiece.
UMass will be back in action next Thursday, Aug. 29 with the squad's home opener set for 4 p.m. vs. Saint John's on Rudd Field.