Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Dorado made a career-high 14 saves to lead Siena Women’s Soccer to a 2-0 triumph over tournament host Mercer on the opening night of the Mercer Invitational in Macon, Georgia. Freshman striker Jayanna Monds and senior captain Madison Vasquez scored for the Saints which came out on top in the program’s first-ever match in the Peach State.
Mercer (2-1) attempted 16 second half shots, but couldn’t solve Dorado who played arguably the best match of her young career. The reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week made 10 of her saves over the final 45 minutes to more than earn her first clean sheet of the season.
Meanwhile Siena (2-0) struck twice in just under three minutes late in the first half to provide all the scoring the Saints would need. A pair of freshmen connected for the first score in the 30th minute as Darby D’Angelo fed a cutting Monds who one-timed her first collegiate goal just inside the near right post.
Vasquez added an insurance tally in the 33rd minute with a highlight reel goal. Vasquez created a turnover near midfield, took several dribbles, and blasted a nearly 50-yard shot which she placed perfectly just over the outstretched goalkeeper and tucked underneath the crossbar.
Leah Cochran and Jordyn Ebert each played a half in goal and made three saves apiece for the Bears which out-shot Siena 23-12 while also holding a 4-1 advantage in corners.
The Saints wrap up play at the Mercer Invitational Sunday when they face Georgia Southern at 1 p.m.