LOUDONVILLE, NY – Taylor Dorado made a season-high 10 saves as Siena Women’s Soccer battled Quinnipiac to a scoreless draw in the MAAC opener for both teams at Siena Field. The shutout was the 13th of the junior’s career, moving her into a three-way tie for fourth all-time in program history.
The conference-opening matchup between the teams projected to finish second and third according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll in Quinnipiac (3-4-1, 0-0-1) and Siena (3-3-2, 0-0-1) more than lived up to its billing. The Bobcats held a slight 21-18 edge in shots and a 7-4 margin in corners in a wildly entertaining and tightly contested affair.
Quinnipiac out-shot the Saints 10-1 in the first half, but Dorado made five saves in the stanza to preserve the tie. Siena registered 17 of its 18 shots in the second half and overtime periods, however Dorado’s opposite number Olivia Myszewski also did her part in making seven of her eight saves following halftime.
Dorado came up big again in overtime, making four more saves during the extra sessions highlighted by a denial of Ally Grunstein on a breakaway with 4:18 remaining in double overtime. Meanwhile the Saints had a breakaway of their own on the final play of the match, but Myszewski turned aside the potential winning attempt as the final horn sounded.
The clean sheet was the second of the season for Dorado, who cooled off a potent Bobcats’ offense which had entered playing having totaled seven goals over their previous two matches.
Reserves Ashleigh Sarafin (six shots/three on goal) for Siena and Grunstein for Quinnipiac (five shots/four on goal) paced their respective teams’ offenses, as the Saints played to their first scoreless tie since the 2016 season opener at New Hampshire.
Siena resumes its non-conference schedule Monday with a 4 p.m. kickoff at Big East foe Villanova.