Freshman striker Alexander Tejera posted his first collegiate multi-goal game, leading Siena Soccer to a 2-1 win at Niagara. The Ossining, N.Y. native continues to impress during his rookie season as he increased his point total to 15 and scored his third game-winning goal with all coming in his first 12 collegiate matches.
The teams combined for just 13 shots and four corners, but made the most of their scoring opportunities. Tejera put the Saints (7-5, 2-1) on top in the 30th minute, capitalizing off a Niagara giveaway in their defensive third of the field.
Already trailing by a goal, Niagara (3-7-2, 0-2-1) was forced to play a man down for the remainder of the match following a red card on Matthew Ferguson in the 58th minute. Nonetheless, Andrew Ferguson netted the equalizer for the Purple Eagles just five minutes later.
The tie would be short-lived as the Saints and Tejera responded just 2:42 later. Classmate Paolino Curto crossed the ball to the head of Tejera who deposited it into the back of the net.
Freshman Josh Weiss made three saves, although none bigger than in the 14th minute. Niagara’s Nicholas Watson rocketed a penalty kick towards the bottom right corner, but Weiss made a tremendous diving stop.
Steve Casey made two saves for Niagara which is winless in its last six matches (0-4-2).
Siena can surpass its win total from all of last season with a win Saturday at Manhattan. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. under the lights at Gaelic Park in Riverdale.