Junior striker Alexander Tejera scored twice, but Quinnipiac benefited from a pair of penalty kick goals to defeat Siena Soccer 3-2 in Connecticut in a matchup between the top-two teams in the MAAC Standings. Siena held decided advantages in both shots (17-6) and corners (8-2).
Eamon Whelan converted both penalty kick goals for surging Quinnipiac (10-5, 6-1) which has won six straight. Chrys Iakovidis added six saves in goal for the Bobcats who now have the inside track on the regular season crown after being projected to finish seventh according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Quinnipiac led 2-1 at the half after goals early in the stanza from Rashawn Dally (9’) and late from Whelan (44’). Tejera split the Bobcats’ scores when he put Siena (6-7-2, 4-2) on the board in the 27th minute. Sophomore captain J.C. Obregon quick played a free kick out wide right to red-shirt sophomore back Tommaso Centemero who dribbled towards the end line and crossed to Tejera who finished.
However Quinnipiac extended its lead to 3-1 in the 75th minute when Whelan was awarded, and finished, his second penalty kick of the afternoon. The Saints would score on a penalty kick as well in the 87th minute, as the final three goals of the match came on penalties. Tejera earned the opportunity and converted the penalty kick to record his third career multi-goal match – and second this season – while moving into a tie for 10th in program history with his 14th career goal.
Siena will look to bounce back Saturday when they head to Manhattan for a 1 p.m. kickoff.