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Niagara Loses First Game of Season

Article Written by Michelle Kokot
Published: October 19, 2012


LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - A late second-half goal by the Siena Saints was enough to hand the Niagara men's soccer team its first loss of the season, as the Saints edged the Purple Eagles 1-0 on Friday afternoon at Siena Turf Field.  

With the loss, the Purple Eagles (8-1-4; 2-1-1 MAAC) saw their 12 game unbeaten streak cut short, despite outshooting the Saints 15-8, including 12-1 in the second 45 minutes of play.  

"Today's game was about missed opportunities," head coach  said.  "We were on the road and in tough weather conditions so we had to take advantage of our chances, but we failed to do that today.  Siena, to their credit, took the one that they needed." 

Senior Daniel Alderstad started things off in tonight’s conference match-up in the 42nd minute of the opening half, giving the Saints (8-6-0; 4-1-0 MAAC) a 1-0 lead heading into intermission.  Alderstad took a pass down the middle from fellow senior Sindre Ek and slid a one touch shot past goalkeeper Brett Petricek into the far corner for what would stand as the game-winning tally.  

"Now we have to look forward and regroup tomorrow," Brooks added.  "We need to pick our heads back up and start to prepare for Marist on Sunday in a game that is going to be big for both programs.  We're looking forward to that one and the response we'll get from our players."

Petrick finished the game with one save, while sophomore Callum Willmott led the team with four shots on goal.  

The Purple Eagles travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Sunday, Oct. 21 to battle the Marist Red Foxes at 1 p.m.
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