Siena Sets Records in MAAC Opening Win
Published: September 19, 2015
With a number of their alumni in attendance Saturday, Siena Women's Soccer nearly rewrote the program’s record book. The Saints set a program record with 11 assists including a record four helpers from sophomore midfielder Michele Tremblay and junior striker Andrea Pereira tied a program benchmark with seven points as Siena rolled Saint Peter’s 7-0 in the MAAC opener on Alumni Day.
Pereira, Tremblay (six points) and freshman striker Meghan Riccardi (six points) combined to erupt for all 19 of their points in the first half in leading the Saints (5-2-2, 1-0) to the program’s largest margin of victory since a 9-0 shutout of Saint Peter’s (1-6, 0-1) on Oct. 21, 2007 on Siena Field. Siena has now won the last 18 meetings against their MAAC foes, outscoring them 75-8 over that time.
Siena struck for their first six goals spanning just 15:32 over the final third of the first half. The Saints’ second, third and fourth goals were scored in a matter of just 2:07, marking the 13th fastest time that a team has scored three consecutive goals in NCAA history.
Fresh off the bench, Pereira amazingly scored all of her seven points in just her first four and a half minutes on the field. She opened the scoring with her first goal of the season in the 26th minute and would complete her natural hat trick in just 3:37, only 95 seconds off women’s soccer legend Abby Wambach’s record for the fastest hat trick in NCAA history (2:02).
The Peacock killer Pereira - who also scored twice including the game-winner in last year’s 3-2 victory in Jersey City – tied Siena legends Caitlin Cahalan ’12 (Sept. 30, 2012 at Canisius) and Ashleigh Barone ’11 (Sept. 9, 2008 vs. UAlbany) for the program’s single-game scoring record.
Freshmen accounted for three of the Saints’ other four goals. Riccardi scored her first two collegiate goals in just 16 minutes of action as the Saints took a commanding 6-0 lead at the break. Classmate Lindsay Mulligan also scored her first collegiate goal to provide Siena’s lone second half score.
Tremblay, who also scored, broke the previous program single-game record of three assists set on four occasions. Senior striker Michelle Yanniello and Riccardi each added a pair of assists in a complete team win in which 24 players saw action.
Siena held a 26-5 advantage in shots and a 5-1 edge in corners. Neither senior goalkeeper Liz Rogan or sophomore Emily Santos, who was making her collegiate debut, was called upon to make a save in combining for the shutout. Kelly Jamison stopped seven shots for Saint Peter’s.
Off to the program’s best start since their MAAC Championship season of 2010, the Saints will look to keep their momentum going when they continue conference action with a 1 p.m. kickoff next Saturday at Manhattan.