LOUDONVILLE, NY – Looking to conclude its 2019 season on a high note, Siena Men’s Soccer (5-12-1, 2-7-1) played 2019 MAAC Tournament qualifier Manhattan (6-9-1, 5-4-1) to a scoreless draw at Hickey Field Wednesday afternoon. The Saints earned a point to break off a four-match losing skid and end their regular season slate without a loss for the third straight year.
Despite allowing the Jaspers to hold a 7-3 shot advantage heading into the intermission, Siena battled back with seven attempts of their own to Manhattan’s one in the second half. The Saints held a 6-4 lead in corner kicks, including holding five chances in the first half.
The evenly-paced battle concluded regulation without a goal scored, marking the third consecutive and fifth match overall in which the Saints entered a golden-goal situation. Manhattan took three shots that were defended against by Siena goalkeeper Greg Monroe, while senior Conor McGlynn nearly ended the match in the second overtime period with back-to-back opportunities that were blocked and went just to the right.
Monroe’s five recorded saves were not indicative of his play, as the co-captain made multiple game-saving plays to the Saints en-route to his second shutout of the season. Manhattan keeper Marcellin Gohier made four stops while recording his fourth shutout of the year in-goal.
Competing in his final contest in the Green and Golf, McGlynn’s five shots attempted let the Saints offensively, while classmate Matt Crisafulli, sophomore Samuel Schwarz and freshman Tyler Swanbeck each had two. Manhattan’s Oswald Annang attempted four shots to lead the Jaspers.
The Saints’ first tie of the 2019 season also comes as their first 0-0 result since a scoreless draw at Niagara on Oct. 11, 2018. Siena ends the regular season with a tie for the first time since the 2011 campaign.