NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. - Freshman Haillie Price
tallied her first and second collegiate goals as the Niagara women's soccer team downed the Siena Saints, 3-2 on Friday evening in the Purple Eagles first conference game of the season.
With twenty minutes remaining in the contest and Niagara (6-4-0; 1-0-0) down a goal, Price pounced on a rebound for her first tally of the year. A low shot from 25-yards out by senior Michaela DiFazio
was saved by Saints (4-6-0; 0-1-0 MAAC) keeper Taylor Booth, however Price took advantage of the loose ball to pull Niagara even with the Saints.
Little more then 10 minutes later Price scored her second goal of the game en route to the Purple Eagles first conference win of the season. After defeating a defender in the box, Price sidestepped Booth and tucked away the game-winning tally.
"Siena is a great team and we knew starting off against them would be difficult," head coach Peter Veltri
said. "I thought we started the game slow, but as we've shown all year, we have a great ability to keep going and come back late. As much as we don't want to rely on that on a regular basis we've shown at least three times in the first 10 games that we can do it. Going forward, we just need to start faster and and not find ourselves in that position."
The Saints came out of the opening 45 minutes of play with a 2-1 lead over the Purple Eagles. Siena started the scoring with a tally by forward Caitlin Cahalan 7:45 into the half. An initial breakaway shot by midfielder Taylor D’Alfonso was saved by rookie keeper Claire Feiertag
but the rebound jumped out to the waiting Cahalan who lofted the ball over the goalie for her second goal of the year.
Niagara responded less than two minutes later with a score of its own. A cornerkick from freshman Kori Thorne
connected with the head of defender Danielle Kennedy
for her team-leading fourth goal to make it a 1-1 game.
At the 17th minute, it was the Saints who pulled ahead for the second time as junior Brittany Pfaff ripped a low shot past Feiertag off an assist from midfielder Katie Zambrano. The Saints held a 12-9 advantage in shots heading into intermission.
"I was really proud of the girls," added Veltri. "They did a great job. It was great to see Danielle score a goal and Haille get a couple goals tonight when it counted most."
The Purple Eagles increased the pressure in the second stanza, limiting the Saints to a pair of looks on net as Niagara had 12 shots. Overall, NU held a 21-14 advantage in shots over the Saints.
Feiertag finished the game stopping five Siena shots.
The Purple Eagles return to action next weekend when they head out on a two-game road trip, starting with conference foe Fairfield on Friday, Oct. 5 and wrapping up on Sunday, Oct. 7 against Iona.