LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena and New Hampshire combined to score all six of the match’s goals in a span of just 24:37 during the middle of the second half as the squads played to an exciting 3-3 draw in front of over 1,000 fans at Siena Turf Field. Junior midfielder David Itoafa (53’), junior striker Junior Rosero (65’) and freshman midfielder J.C. Obregon (72’) scored for the Saints which ran their home unbeaten streak to 10 (6-0-4).
The match remained scoreless into the 53rd minute until Siena (0-1-2) broke through first. Senior midfielder Tom Allen sent in a cross from the right that was headed in by Itoafa for his second goal of the young season.
But UNH (2-0-1) responded with a pair of goals in under seven minutes from A.J. Albers (58’) and Fazal Nabi (65’) to claim their first and only lead of the match. However, the Wildcats’ advantage would last for just 24 seconds.
On the ensuing kickoff, senior midfielder Nils Weddig played a ball to junior midfielder Peter Gadze who found Rosero who blasted in his second goal of the year, knotting the match once more at 2-2.
Siena would ultimately reclaim a 3-2 lead just six and a half minutes later in the 72nd minute when Obregon finished a deflection off the head of sophomore striker Alexander Tejera. Rosero picked up a secondary assist on the play to finish with a three-point match and increase his team-high scoring total to six points through the Saints’ first three matches.
But in a match where no lead was safe, New Hampshire would cap the wild scoring run and tie things one final time in the 78th minute when Chris Wingate converted on a penalty kick. Both sides continued to have additional high percentage scoring chances throughout the remainder of regulation and overtime, but neither side could find the decisive goal.
The Saints held an 18-16 edge in shots and 3-1 margin in corners. Junior goalkeeper Ryan Vyskocil made five saves for Siena, while Ryan Carpenter stopped one shot for UNH.
The Saints conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule with a challenging, season long five-match road trip which kicks off at Boston University Tuesday night at 7 p.m.