Published: October 5, 2016
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena Women’s Soccer exploded for four first half scores as the red-hot Saints ran their unbeaten streak to six with a convincing 4-0 shutout of Niagara at Siena Field. Siena put the match away with three goals over a 13-minute span in a sensational finish to the first half and cruised from there to match the best conference start in program history since also opening the 2010 MAAC Championship season 4-0 in league action.
Siena (6-3-3, 4-0) was powered by four different goal scorers in a complete team effort including two, freshmen Amber Alfonzo and Ariel Somple, who netted their first collegiate tallies. Junior midfielder Michele Tremblay and sophomore midfielder Gabby Albano also scored for the defending MAAC Champions which ran their unbeaten streak to 11 straight over conference foes, including eight in a row during regular season action.
Albano and Alfonzo each added assists to lead the way with three points apiece, while junior striker Kelsey Horst contributed a pair of assists for a Siena offense which is firing on all cylinders in outscoring the opposition by a 16-6 margin during the team’s five-match win streak.
Tremblay opened the scoring with what would prove to be the game-winner in the 12th minute. Albano extended the advantage in the 30th minute, and Somple and Alfonzo followed suit shortly thereafter as the Saints recorded their third, four-goal performance over the past five matches.
Siena out-shot Niagara (2-8-1, 1-4) 13-2 during the decisive first half, and 17-8 for the match while also harboring a 9-3 margin in corners. Freshman Taylor Dorado did her part in goal, making four saves to record her first collegiate clean sheet.
Shangyne Samuels and Shania van Nuland each played a half in goal and combined for seven saves for the Purple Eagles which have dropped seven of eight.
The Saints will look to build off their momentum when they host Rider in a matchup of the last two MAAC Tournament Champions at Siena Field Saturday at 1 p.m.