LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Jose Aguinaga tallied the tying score with just 4:45 remaining in regulation and then scored the game-winning golden goal in the 105th minute of double overtime as Rider rallied to stun the Saints 3-2 at Siena Turf Field. Junior striker Junior Rosero and sophomore striker Alexander Tejera both recorded three points on a goal and an assist each for the Saints which saw their 12-match home unbeaten streak snapped.
The teams combined for seven shots during the extra sessions which, like regulation, featured numerous scoring chances. Overall, Siena (4-7-2, 3-2) held a 21-17 edge in shots and a 6-3 margin in corners.
But it was Rider (7-4-1, 2-2-1) which was able to find the decisive strike midway through the final overtime. Justin Veltri crossed in a pass from the right which Aguinaga headed just inside the near post as the Broncs picked up their first win Loudonville since 1997.
Rosero and Tejera were a potent one-two punch at the top of the Siena offense, rallying the Saints after an early score from Veltri in the ninth minute. The duo combined for 11 shots – five of which were on target – in arguably their most impressive combined performance of the fall.
Rosero set up Tejera in the 14th minute when the latter spun in the box and lofted a shot just underneath the crossbar. Tejera returned the favor in the 78th minute, when off a long ball from senior Tom Allen he fed Rosero who blasted home the go-ahead goal. The secondary assist marked the 15th of Allen’s career, moving him into sole possession of fourth place on the Saints’ all-time list.
But the Saints were unable to hold on as Aguinaga found the equalizer in the 86th minute and then netted the golden goal in double overtime as the Broncs ended their five-match winless streak in Loudonville.
Ryan Baird made seven saves for Rider including on a penalty kick by Allen in the 68th minute which kept the match tied 1-1 at the time. Gianni Carillo made six saves for the Saints in a physical affair which featured 36 combined fouls and seven yellow cards.
The Saints return to action Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Fairfield.