For the third consecutive game Siena Women’s Soccer scored within the first four minutes of the match, and for the second straight contest the Saints netted the game-winner in the waning moments to secure a dramatic win. Freshman striker Gabby Albano scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute – just 27 seconds after LIU Brooklyn had evened the score – as the Saints prevailed over the Blackbirds 2-1 in Brooklyn.
Striker Kelsey Horst also scored for the surging Saints which have won four straight and ran their unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1). At 4-1-2 on the young season, Siena is off to the program’s best start since winning a program record 12 in a row to open the 2010 MAAC Championship season.
Siena controlled much of the match out-shooting LIU Brooklyn (2-4) 17-6, and once again the quick strike Saints wasted no time in securing the early advantage. Senior back Kensey Waterman played a ball through from the left of the box that classmate Michelle Yanniello deflected to Horst who finished in the midst of a scrum. The sophomore breakout has now scored each of her first three collegiate goals over Siena’s last four matches.
The Saints continued to dictate play in the second half, however they were unable to pad their lead. And in the 84th minute the Blackbirds would find the equalizer as Tori Shinkowitz blasted in a goal from 25 yards out.
But on the ensuing kickoff, the clutch Saints would answer back. Sophomore striker Casey Scott’s target deflected off the keeper and Albano was there to finish the decisive rebound. Each of the freshman’s first two collegiate goals have proven to be game-winners.
Senior goalkeeper Liz Rogan made one save for the cardiac kids which had won their previous match over Vermont Wednesday in which they scored the game-winning goal with just 15.4 seconds remaining in regulation.
Erin Harbison played the final 78 minutes in goal for LIU Brooklyn and made five saves.
The streaking Saints will look to close out non-conference play on a high note when they host defending Northeast Conference Tournament Champion Central Connecticut Sunday at 1 p.m. at Siena Field.