LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Junior striker Kelsey Horst’s 41st minute goal proved to be the difference as Siena Women’s Soccer shut out crosstown rival and reigning America East Champion UAlbany 1-0 in the home opener at Siena Field. Sophomore goalkeeper Kamryn Peffley stopped all five shots she faced to record her second clean sheet in as many matches for the Saints which improved to 8-2 in their last 10 home lid-lifters.
Siena (1-0-2) attempted the first five shots of the match, before UAlbany (1-2) rallied to take the next nine in a back-and-forth first half.
But with time winding down in the opening stanza, senior striker Andrea Pereira sent a feed towards the middle that was chested down by junior midfielder Madison Vasquez to the on-rushing Horst who tucked it inside the near left post. It was the second goal in as many matches for Horst, who has recorded both of the Saints’ scores so far in 2016.
The America East preseason favorite Great Danes held a 13-8 edge in shots and a 5-3 margin in corners, but couldn’t find the equalizer against the red-hot Peffley who has stopped all 14 shots she’s faced in her first two collegiate matches.
With the victory, the Saints improved to an impressive 30-4-2 (.861) in non-conference home matches over the past 10 seasons. Additionally, Siena is now unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 regular season matches overall dating back to last season (7-1-3), including seven straight (4-0-3).
Chloe Borasky made three saves in defeat for UAlbany. Meghan Cavanaugh accounted for the majority of the Great Danes’ scoring chances, placing two of her six shots on target.
The Saints continue their season long three-match homestand Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Cornell. Just prior to kickoff, the team will be recognizing and honoring alumna Krista Nordmark ’05, who will be in attendance, for her courageous battle against State 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. Pink Siena Women’s Soccer #TeamKrista shirts will be sold at the game for a suggested minimum donation of $20, with proceeds going to raise funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston which Nordmark will be representing in the Boston Half Marathon Oct. 9.