LOUDONVILLE, NY – Following a much-needed break from competition over the weekend, Siena Men’s Soccer (5-8, 2-3) is back in action Wednesday afternoon, hosting MAAC rival Rider (5-5-2, 2-2-2) at Hickey Field at 3:00 p.m.
A.J. Kanell has the call of the match through Siena All-Access on Twitter which can be viewed free of charge by clicking the corresponding link. Live stats and press box twitter updates will also be provided via the links at the top of the page.
Currently inside a stretch of four of their last six matches at home to close out the regular season, The Saints are now .500 at home on the year after defeating Niagara, 2-1, last Wednesday. Sophomore Samuel Schwarz and junior Alejandro Riquelme each scored in the victory, with senior Conor McGlynn assisting on the second strike.
Entering Wednesday’s match, Riquelme is tied for both the MAAC lead and for fourth-most nationally in assists (6), ranks second in points (18), is tied for second in goals (6) and is third in shots (46). Through 13 matches played, the junior’s point total is good for the most points by a Saint in a single season since James Beeston had 20 in 2013. Riquelme also became the first Saint since Beeston in 2013 to record over five points in a match with his hat trick performance.
Riquelme already has the most assists by a Saint in a single season since McGlynn registered eight helps during his MAAC All-Rookie Team performance in 2016. The junior from Las Rozas, Spain has nine career helps, while McGlynn has 16 on his career, good for a tie for fourth all-time alongside Tom Allen (2012-15, 16).
Through 13 of 18 matches in the 2019 campaign, Siena’s offense (63 points) has already surpassed its production from each of the last two seasons and third in the MAAC in assists (21) and points. Three Saints have scored four or more goals for the first time since 2016.
The Saints and the Broncs will face off the for the 27th time in program history dating back to 1997, with Siena holding an 11-10-5 Advantage in the head-to-head series. Rider blanked the Saints, 5-0, in their final road contest of the 2018 season back on October 27, 2018.
Slated to finish third in the conference in the 2019 MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll, Rider is unbeaten in two of its last three matches but fell at home to Niagara in overtime last Saturday, 2-1. The Broncs have gone to extra time in each of their last four matches, posting a 1-2-1 mark over that time. Redshirt junior Pablo DeCastro (6G, 2A, 14P) leads the team in scoring, while junior keeper Pablo Gatinois is tops in the league in shutouts in-goal with three.