LOUDONVILLE, NY – Surging Siena Women’s Soccer won its fourth straight and tied a program record with its fourth consecutive shutout in a 1-0 victory over Rider at Siena Field. Freshman Ashleigh Sarafin scored the lone goal for the Saints which have achieved a mid-season winning streak of four or more for the fourth year in a row.
Taylor Dorado made six saves for Siena (7-6-3, 4-1-2) which tied the 2015 MAAC Championship squad for the most consecutive shutouts in program history (Oct. 17 – Nov. 1, 2015). The Saints’ shutout streak now stands at 421:01, and Siena has allowed just one total goal over its first seven conference matches spanning 670:26.
Meanwhile Sarafin provided the final margin for the Saints which have won 16 of their past 21 October matches dating back to mid-October 2015. In the 39th minute, Amanda Holtzman passed in Deanna Lomino down the right side. Lomino then sent a cross in front which Sarafin volleyed across inside the far left post, as the freshman scored for the second straight game while tallying her first career game-winning goal.
Dorado and the defense did the rest in shutting down one of the MAAC’s top offenses in Rider (7-5-2, 3-3-1) which entered the day featuring the league’s second and third leading individual scorers in Kourtney Cunningham and Valeria Pascuet. Dorado’s fourth consecutive clean sheet also tied Taylor Booth (2013) and Liz Rogan (2015) for the individual program record, and she improved her conference goals against average to a miniscule 0.13 and save percentage to .979. Dorado, who has recorded shutouts in five of her past six matches, moved into a tie for second place in program history with Laura Ettinger ’12 with her 18th career shutout.
Siena held a 13-9 edge in shots and an 8-2 advantage in corners in leveling the all-time series between the programs at 10-10-4.
Carmen Carbonell made six saves for the Broncs.
The Saints return to action Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. showdown at 1-87 rival Marist. The Red Foxes will enter the match second in the current MAAC Standings, while Siena sits just a point back in third.