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Women's Soccer Clinches Tournament Berth

Published: October 25, 2014

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Soccer is headed to the MAAC Tournament. The Saints clinched the sixth and final playoff berth with a scoreless tie against Rider on Senior Day. Senior captain Taylor Booth tied her career-high with 11 saves to post her fifth shutout of the season.

With one regular season match remaining at home against Quinnipiac Wednesday at 3 p.m., Siena (6-6-6, 3-2-4) will head on the road and be either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the MAAC Tournament which kicks off next Saturday. The Saints will be the 5-seed with a win over the Bobcats and the sixth seed with a loss or tie.

Rider (10-4-2, 5-2-2), which had already clinched a MAAC Tournament berth earlier in the week, will finish either third or fourth meaning that these two teams could very well meet again in the conference quarterfinals next weekend in New Jersey.

Despite the scoreless draw, neither team was devoid of scoring opportunities. However, both keepers were on top of their game.

One of Siena's six seniors honored prior to the match, Booth made two of her saves during the extra sessions to register her 14th career shutout and move her into third place in program history. Bethany-May Howard stopped seven shots for the Broncs which are unbeaten in six of their last seven.

Rider out-shot the Saints 7-2 during the overtime periods after the teams had 15 shots aside during regulation. Siena held a 7-2 advantage in corners in playing to its second scoreless draw of the year.

Juniors Cassy Landis and Kirby O'Keefe led the way with a pair of shots on goal each for the Saints which competed in their fifth straight overtime contest and eighth of the year. Landis had possibly Siena's best chance, a late developing breakaway midway through the second half, but slipped on the rain-soaked grass and couldn't get much behind a late shot that Howard smothered.

Ellie Smith and Priscilla Santos each attempted a match-high five shots for Rider, with Smith putting three on target.

Unbeaten in 11 of their last 13 albeit with six ties mixed in, Siena will look to secure an elusive win Wednesday and head into the MAAC Tournament on a high note. 

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