LOUDONVILLE, NY – Coming off losses in its last two matches, Siena Men’s Soccer (5-10, 2-5) will look to reset at home Wednesday afternoon, when it hosts MAAC rival Quinnipiac (6-5-3, 4-2-1). Kickoff is set for 3:06 p.m. at Hickey Field and can be seen on ESPN+.
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Siena enters the week with its 2019 postseason hopes on the line. The Saints will look to shake off a two-match losing skid to conclude the month of October. This is the fourth match during a span of four of the team’s final six contests of the year, in which they are 1-2 so far. Siena is looking to avoid being shutout for the third game in a row.
The Saints and the Bobcats are facing off for the 10th time in each program’s history, with Quinnipiac holding a 6-1-2- advantage all-time and a 5-1 lead in the series since joining the MAAC in 2013. Siena’s only win against QU came in a 3-2 decision in Loudonville on Oct. 28, 2015. The Bobcats have triumphed in each of the last three seasons over the Green and Gold, including a 1-0 golden goal victory on Oct. 10, 2018 in Hamden, CT, which saw 2019 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Eamon Whalen net the game-winner in the 99th minute.
Siena most recently dropped a 3-0 decision on the road to 2019 preseason favorite Fairfield on Saturday, Oct. 26. The loss featured Stag goals in the 44th, 46th and 73rd minutes of play and a red card to Siena’s Andreas Rosnes, who will not be active today. Senior Conor McGlynn lead the Saints offensively with four shots (three on-goal) while goalkeeper Greg Monroe collected a season high nine saves in-goal.
Entering Wednesday’s match, junior Alejandro Riquelme holds the second most assists in the conference (6), ranks third in points (18), is tied for fifth in goals (6) and is third in shots (49). Through 16 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 (see below).
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 14 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 fourth in points. Three Saints have scored four or more goals for the first time since 2016.
Picked to finish second in the 2019 MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll, Quinnipiac has gone unbeaten in four of its last five contests, despite coming off a 2-1 loss to Iona last Saturday. The Bobcats rank third in the conference in both points and goals and feature Whalen as the Preseason Player of the Year, along with leading scorer Tomas Svecula (13 points) who is the defending MAAC Rookie of the Week and junior goalkeeper Jared Mazzola, who took home MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21. QU currently sits at third in the MAAC with 13 points and would lock up a postseason berth with a win.