Men’s Soccer Falls to Siena 2-1 in Double Overtime Thriller at Bob Ford Field


ALBANY, N.Y.- The University at Albany men’s soccer team (1-5-2) dropped a 2-1 decision in double overtime to local rival Siena (4-2-0) on Wednesday night. In the second contest for the Great Danes under the bright lights of Bob Ford Field, UAlbany posted another close result.

The Great Danes took an early lead in the first half on a penalty corner deflection converted by Thomas Manz in the 40th minute. The senior captain converted on service from Pomare Te Anau. Manz’s goal marks the first time this season that the Great Danes have scored in the first half. UAlbany won the corner kick battle in the first half 9-3.

Siena got on the board mid-way through the second half on a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. James Beeston tallied his fourth goal of the season.

The teams entered overtime with UAlbany holding an 11-8 advantage on corners and Siena winning the shooting battle 12-9.

The Saints only needed two minutes in the second overtime period to end the contest, sprinting down the left side of the field. Nathan Olukanmi fired a shot to the near post from David Itoafa to earn the 2-1 win early in the second overtime.

Tim Allen made seven saves for the Great Danes in goal.

Siena won on UAlbany soil for the first time in 26 years, and extended its winning streak in the series to three games.

UAlbany posted another attendance record against Siena, punching 1,869 tickets to Bob Ford Field for the local rivalry game. The previous record was set in Sept. 15 against then-No.22 Fairleigh Dickinson at 1,148.