Junior captain Danilo Markovic’s penalty kick goal in the 27th minute was the difference as Siena Soccer bounced back with a 1-0 win at MAAC rival Marist Wednesday night in Poughkeepsie. Sophomore goalkeeper Gianni Carillo made a career-high 10 saves for the Saints to post his fourth shutout in his first nine collegiate matches.
Marist (6-7-1, 4-2-1) controlled possession, out-shooting the Saints (5-9-2, 4-4) 27-6 while also holding a 10-1 margin in corners. But Siena would get the opportunity it needed when the Saints were awarded a penalty kick in the 27th minute and Markovic converted for his second collegiate goal.
The Red Foxes would be awarded a penalty kick of their own nine minutes later, but Carillo denied Simon Lund Jorgensen to preserve the lead. Carillo is now a perfect 2-for-2 on saving penalty shots this season.
Marist attempted 15 targets in the second half including 10 over the final 34 minutes alone after the Red Foxes gained an 11-on-10 advantage for the remainder of the match following a second yellow card and dismissal of the Saints’ J.C. Obregon. But even with the advantage, the Red Foxes could not solve Carillo who made four of his saves with the Saints playing down a man.
The win was a key victory for the Saints which had lost four of their previous five entering the match. With the triumph, Siena moved into sixth place in a crowded middle of the MAAC Standings and now sit just one point back of third place with two matches remaining on the docket. All 11 teams automatically qualify for the MAAC Championships this year which will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. next month, but the top-five seeds receive coveted First Round byes.
Mark Rajovic made three saves for Marist which remains in a tie with Rider for third place in the MAAC Standings, but are now just one point clear of the on-charging Saints who now hold the head-to-head advantage.
The Saints have the bye this weekend before returning to action next Wednesday when they host Quinnipiac in the home finale at 2 p.m.