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Second Half Surge Leads Siena Over SHU

Published: September 21, 2019

FAIRFIELD, CT – Siena Men’s Soccer extended its unbeaten streak against Sacred Heart to six games under Head Coach Cesar Markovic Saturday afternoon, doing so on the road in shutout fashion. The Saints came alive in the second half to cruise to a 3-0 victory, locking up their first back-to-back wins of the 2019 season.

Looking to keep momentum rolling following a 3-2 home win over Vermont earlier in the week, Siena and Sacred Heart placed to a scoreless draw in the first half, with the Saints holding a 9-4 advantage in shots.

Siena then broke on to the scoreboard in the just the second minute of the later half, with sophomore Samuel Schwarz gaining control of the ball following a scramble at the top of the box and finishing past the charging goalkeeper for his third goal of the season.

Finishing with four total shots on the day, senior Conor McGlynn extended the Saints’ lead in the 56th minute with his third goal of the year as well, scoring off a corner kick from freshman Gylfi Gestsson.

The team then secured their largest margin of victory in a match since October 29, 2016 in the 78th minute of play, with sophomore Birgir Thorsteinsson scoring for the second time this season. The Iceland native found the back of the net following a cross from the near side from junior Alejandro Riquelme, allowing him to beat the keeper with a ball on the ground. The assist was the sixth of the season for Riquelme, allowing him to remain inside the top-10 in the country in the statistic and putting him just three helps away from tying the program record (9, James Beeston & Joey Tavernese, 2010).

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Winston Bennett picked up the shutout in-goal during his first field action as a Saint, making three saves in the process to allow the Saints to pick up their first consecutive non-conference wins since 2014.

Siena will continue a three-game road trip on Tuesday, September 24, when they travel west to face Ivy League foe Cornell in Ithaca, NY at 7:00 p.m.


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