LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Junior striker Junior Rosero scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute as Siena Soccer defeated two-time defending MAAC Regular Season Champion Quinnipiac 2-1 in its 2015 home finale at Siena Turf Field. Junior back Chip Sherman added his first collegiate goal for the Saints which won their second straight to climb back above .500 in the MAAC.
Sherman put the Saints (6-9-2, 5-4) in front in the 19th minute. Senior striker Tom Allen played a corner kick from the right out high to on-rushing classmate Nils Weddig. The senior midfielder served a ball into the box that was controlled by junior captain Danilo Markovic and he found Sherman in front to head home the goal.
Quinnipiac (1-9-6, 1-4-4) found the equalizer in the 70th minute. Max Rothenbucher played a ball wide right to Liam O’Sullivan who crossed a ball into the box. A Bobcat dummied it through to the far side to Matt Taylor who finished his second goal of the year.
But with just six and a half minutes remaining in regulation, Rosero and the Saints responded to cap their home schedule with a win. Sophomore striker Alexander Tejera played a ball through to Rosero, who broke one-on-one with a defender down the center of the box. Rosero, the defender and the goalkeeper all collided in front, but the Siena striker was able to keep his balance long enough to get an attempt off and sneak a shot through traffic into the back of the goal.
Quinnipiac held an 11-10 edge in shots, while the Saints harbored a 6-1 margin in corners.
Reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week Gianni Carillo made one save to earn the win for the Saints. Brian Westerman made his season debut in goal in the second half for Quinnipiac and made two saves in being saddled with the defeat.
Following consecutive victories, the resurgent Saints will end the day in no worse than a tie for fifth place in the MAAC Standings. The top-five seeds earn coveted First Round byes in the MAAC Championships which kick off next week at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Siena can still potentially secure as high as the No. 2 seed with a win in their regular season finale Saturday and some help. The Saints travel to Jersey City for a 2 p.m. kickoff against Saint Peter’s, which entered the day tied for fifth with the Saints in the MAAC Standings.