LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Junior Michelle Yanniello’s goal proved to be the difference as Siena Women’s Soccer shutout LIU Brooklyn 1-0 at Siena Field. The Saints out-shot the Blackbirds 23-4 and held a 7-3 advantage in corners.
Siena (2-4-1) went on the offensive in the first half, out-shooting LIU Brooklyn (0-6) 15-2 in the stanza. The Saints had averaged just 8.8 shots per match over their first six contests.
Yanniello finally broke through in the 14th minute for the Saints. Freshman Madison Vasquez played a ball out wide right to a closing Allison Clark who in turn crossed to Yanniello who headed it in. Both of Yanniello’s goals this season have been game-winners for the Saints.
Siena had their chances to pad the lead, but the Blackbirds’ Jessica Montrose made eight saves to give her team a chance.
However, LIU Brooklyn couldn’t muster much against an improving Siena defense which registered its second consecutive shutout after allowing 14 goals in the first five matches. The four shots allowed were the fewest bequeathed by a Siena team since Manhattan attempted just two on Oct. 7, 2011. Siena had entered play allowing 16.7 shots per match.
Taylor Booth made her only save of the afternoon in the first minute as LIU Brooklyn was shutout for the fifth time in their first six matches.
Siena improves to 3-0-1 all-time at home against LIU Brooklyn, outscoring the Blackbirds 8-2. The win also improved the Saints’ non-conference home record to 26-3-2 (.871) dating back to the start of the 2007 season.
Unbeaten in their past two matches, the Saints will look to build off that momentum as they open a season long three-match road trip Sunday at 2 p.m. at New Hampshire. Five of the Saints’ next six matches will come on the road.