Senior striker Alexander Tejera capped his collegiate career by scoring the game-winning goal in the 77th minute to send Siena Soccer to a season-ending 2-1 victory over rival Marist in Poughkeepsie. Freshman midfielder Alejandro Riquelme also scored for the Saints who finished their 2017 season with a final record of 4-7-7 including a 2-4-4 ledger in the MAAC.
Redshirt junior Josh Weiss made five saves in his first start in goal in three years for Siena which earned its fourth win in its past five matchups against Marist (7-10-1, 3-6-1).
Riquelme put the Saints in front in the 20th minute when he finished close in front for his team-leading sixth goal of the year off of a feed from senior striker Paolino Curto. Riquelme wraps up his stellar rookie campaign with a team-high 14 points.
The Red Foxes netted the equalizer just over eight minutes into the second half. In the 53rd minute, Juan Parada tucked in a free kick from 25 yards out inside the left post.
But Siena would have the final say as senior captain Milorad Sobot sent his classmate Tejera in free for the game-winner with 12:42 remaining. Tejera finishes his career ranking third all-time in program history in game-winning goals (third), seventh in goals (20) and tied for seventh in scoring (51).
Marist held a 17-11 edge in shots and a 12-2 advantage in corners. Mark Rajovic made two stops including his 300th career save for the Red Foxes who ended their season on a four-match winless streak (0-3-1).
The Saints say goodbye to a nine-member senior class which accounted for 30 wins – including two over nationally ranked opponents – and a pair of MAAC Semifinals appearances over the past four years. However, Siena is expected to return six starters and two of their top-three point producers in 2018.