Siena Men’s Soccer suffered its first conference loss of the 2018 season Wednesday evening, falling on the road to Manhattan College, 1-0. Four different Saints registered shots in the affair, which saw a second half goal decide its outcome.
Siena (3-5-3, 2-1) kept a defensive watch on the Jaspers during the first half of play, allowing just four shots while taking as many in the opening 45 minutes. Manhattan (9-2, 5-1) used the second half to surge offensively, outshooting the Saints 12-3 and notching the game-winning score in the 57th minute.
The decider came off the foot of Manhattan sophomore Brandon Joseph-Buadi, who took a pass from Berti Fourrier and sent it flying in from 15 yards out. Along with his fifth goal of the season, the forward led his team in shots on the evening, tallying four with two on-goal.
Overall, the Jaspers came out on top in shots, 16-7, and doubled up on the Saints in attempts on-goal, 6-3. The home team also held an 11-6 advantage in corner kicks.
Continuing to lead the team in shots on the season, team captains Connor McGlynn and Linus Johansson steadied Siena offensively, each registering a pair shots in the loss. In total, five Saints made attempts in the contest, with Tim Ugo, Matt Crisafulli and Eamonn Conway contributing one apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Greg Monroe registered five saves in the affair, his most in the last five contests in-net.
Following the defeat, Siena returns home over the weekend to continue Conference play at the Siena Turf Field. Kickoff against Marist is set for Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon.