Siena Men’s Soccer suffered its fifth straight loss Saturday afternoon, falling on the road to MAAC foe Iona, 5-0, in New Rochelle, NY.
Siena (3-9-3, 2-5), saw six players register shots in the affair, including juniors Matteo Curto and Tim Ugo, who led the team with a pair each. Both of Ugo’s attempts were on-goal, while Alejandro Riquelme also fired a ball that required a save to be stopped.
Iona (8-5-2, 4-3-1) controlled the match immediately, putting up two scores in the first three minutes off a steal and a header. The Gaels also found the net in the final minute before the half and in the opening minute of the second period, Anthony Gomes and Killian Colombie putting balls home, respectively. Gomez notched his second of the game in the 85th minute, using his back heel to put in a shot following a close pass from Sebastian Gardillo.
Furthering its case for a spot in the 2018 MAAC Tournament, Iona steadied the contest in shots (12-8) and corner kicks (6-4), with the Saints registering all of their corner tries in the second half.
Freshman goalkeeper Greg Monroe continued his campaign as the team’s starter in-goal by making four saves, including three in the final period of play. Along with Monroe, junior captain Conor McGlynn spent the duration of the match on the field, contributing a shot in the process.
With three contests remaining in the 2018 regular season, Siena sits ninth in the conference standings with six points. The team currently trails Manhattan and Rider by three points for possession of sixth place, which they must get to in order to receive a bid to the postseason.
Siena returns home next week for more conference action, beginning a string of two if its final three regular season contests at the Siena Turf Field. The Saints will welcome Canisius to Loudonville, NY on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 2:00 p.m.