LOUDONVILLE, NY – Kent Mohlar headed in the golden goal in the 97th minute as Siena Soccer posted a thrilling 2-1 overtime triumph over Sacred Heart at Siena Turf Field. Matt Crisafulli also scored for the Saints which defeated the Pioneers by an identical overtime score for the second straight season.
With 2:42 remaining in the first overtime, Cristobal Toledo drew a foul deep in the left corner. Linus Johansson then served in the ensuing free kick from 30 yards out wide left which the 6-2 redshirt sophomore Mohlar headed in at the back post for his first collegiate goal.
Siena (1-3-3) also defeated Sacred Heart (1-4-1) 2-1 on a game-winner with just five seconds left in double overtime last fall in Connecticut. With today’s win, the Saints remained unbeaten under head coach Cesar Markovic vs. the Pioneers in improving to 4-0-1 during his tenure.
Crisafulli opened the scoring in the 65th minute when he made a long dribble into the box from left to right, before roofing his second score of the season just underneath the crossbar. However, Sacred Heart would answer with the equalizer exactly three minutes later when Alejandro Arribas corralled a turnover in deep and finished a tough angle shot through the five-hole.
The Pioneers held a 24-17 advantage in shots and an 8-1 margin in corners. Greg Monroe made nine saves for Siena which closed out the program’s longest homestand in 11 years on a high note.
The Saints return to action for their first road match of September Tuesday with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Vermont.