Women's Soccer Ties Siena 1-1
Score: UAlbany 1, Siena 1 (2OT)
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (4-3-2, 1-0-0 AE); Siena (2-5-3, 0-0-1 MAAC)
Short story: UAlbany finishes their four-game home stand 3-0-1, ending with a tie against crosstown rival Siena, 1-1 in double overtime.
- Leah Pais scored her first career goal
- UAlbany outshot Siena 25-16, including 8-3 in overtime
- Sophia Chen made five saves
- Siena goalkeeper Taylor Dorado made 11 saves
- UAlbany is unbeaten in its last six games (4-0-2)
Coach Bochette: “As with any game this time of year, we’re looking at a lot of things. We’re looking at what we’re able to accomplish, the chances we’re able to create, and the chances we’re giving up. In truth, I thought for the second-straight game we had a goalkeeper have a career night against us. Credit to Taylor Dorado and how well she played. Eleven saves is unheard of, and shows just how good she was from start to finish. That tells us we’re doing something good, creating chances and making their goalkeeper work. For me, anytime you’re doing that, it’s a positive. Credit to Dorado, and credit to Siena for being that resilient.”
Pais: “Scoring my first goal felt amazing. I work very hard, and I just want to score, score, score. To finally get it just felt amazing, having my Danes behind me, and supporting is really just fantastic.”
Dieroff: “It’s good to defend our home field. We like being here with our fans and to defend this has always been a goal since my freshman year. The first half tonight was a little shaky but we came out in the second half and we didn’t get the result we wanted but I think we did our best.”
The University at Albany women’s soccer team closed out its season-long, four-game home stand on Wednesday against crosstown rival Siena, playing the visiting Saints to a 1-1, double-overtime tie. Siena was undefeated in its last four games before Wednesday, while UAlbany was unbeaten in its last five. Both teams finished the game with their streaks intact.
Meghan Cavanaugh took UAlbany’s first shot in the 13th minute, an attempt that was blocked by the Saints’ defense. Siena mustered its first shot in the 23rd minute, saved by UAlbany goalkeeper Sophia Chen.
The teams entered the break with a scoreless tie. Siena had narrowly outshot UAlbany 7-5 over the first 45 minutes, but three of UAlbany’s five shots were on target, compared to two of Siena’s seven. UAlbany also had commanded 58% of the possession.
In the 64th minute, freshman Leah Pais drew a foul in the Siena box, prompting a penalty kick. Pais took the kick herself and scored her first career goal to put UAlbany up 1-0.
Gina Bracamonte had an opportunity to put UAlbany up 2-0 with a deep shot in the 70th minute that sailed just wide left. Three minutes later, Siena goalkeeper Taylor Dorado made a point-blank save on a shot from Christina Cernuto.
Siena knotted the game at one after drawing a penalty kick of their own. Darby D’Angelo took the kick, placing her shot low and to the left.
With the score locked at one after 90 minutes, the game went into overtime, the first such game between the two teams since 2007.
UAlbany increased pressure throughout overtime, outshooting Siena 8-3 overall, including 5-1 in the second overtime period. Siena nearly ended the game as time expired as time expired in the first overtime, when Chen retreated to punch a deep shot from Siena’s Brianna Montinard just over the crossbar.
Despite the shot advantage, UAlbany could not find the back of the net. As time expired in the game, Cavanaugh’s last-ditch shot from 40 yards out was blocked and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
UAlbany outshot Siena 25-16 overall, including 20-9 in the second half and overtime. Dorado finished the game with a career-high 11 saves. The Danes’ 25 shots are the most in a game since they took 26 against Cornell last season.
Up next: UAlbany plays its first road game since September 8 with a trip to UMBC on Sunday, September 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.