LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Men’s Soccer (5-11, 2-6) quickly erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to force overtime against MAAC foe Quinnipiac (7-5-3, 5-2-1) Wednesday afternoon at Hickey Field. The Saints ultimately fell victim to 2019 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Eamon Whalen, who guided the Bobcats to a 4-3 victory in overtime.
The 2018 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American selection allowed QU to take a 2-0 lead to begin the 10th all-time meeting between the two programs. Whalen scored via a header from a free kick in the 30th minute and connecting on a shot from 10 yards out to the left corner of the net in the 54th minute.
Despite being down after holding a 9-3 advantage in shots in the first half, the Saints used the following two minutes and twenty seconds to tie the match up at two, creating a barrage of offense to do so. Siena’s first goa in three matches came in the 55th minute, with redshirt-freshman Antonio Linge netting his first collegiate goal with a header off a corner kick from junior Alejandro Riquelme. Riquelme would whip in on the game-tying score just a minute and 37 seconds later, connecting with senior Matt Crisafulli who laced his second goal of the year past the keeper to the far right.
In addition to leading the team with five shots attempted and two on-goal, Riquelme moved into a tie for second place on the single-season assist list (8) and became the first Saint since 2013 to record 20 points in a campaign.
With the teams matching each other in intensity in the second half, Quinnipiac would couple a set piece opportunity with a Siena folly in the 73rd minute, re-taking the lead off an own goal which occurred at the back right post following a Bobcat corner kick.
The match aged just 30 second before Siena was awarded a penalty kick following a Quinnipiac handball inside the 18-yard box, allowing senior Conor McGlynn to score his fifth goal of the season and re-knot the game at three.
Siena then entered its third overtime contest of the season, allowing QU to fire off the only two shots taken in the extra period. Whalen would end the match in the 99th minute with a breakaway score, finishing in the left side of the goal to give the Bobcats their fourth straight win over the Green and Gold.
Siena out-shot Quinnipiac, 17-13, with each team putting nine attempts on-goal. Goalkeepers Greg Monroe and Winston Bennett each spent a half in-net for the Saints, with Bennett conceding the overtime score and the pair combining for five saves.
Following the loss, Siena will next travel to face newly-minted 2019 Regular Season Champion Saint Peter’s to close out its home schedule this weekend. The Saints and the Peacocks will face off in Jersey City, NJ on Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m.