Oct. 3, 2003
LOUDONVILLE, NY - Omar Alfonso scored his conference-leading eighth goal of the season, but it wasn't enough on Friday afternoon in Loudonville as Siena upset Loyola's men's soccer team, 2-1. The Greyhounds drop their first regular season conference game in almost four seasons and fall to 4-3-2 overall.
Siena did all its damage in the first half, scoring off of Paul Ciovacco's penalty kick at 22:27 and then off of C.J. Melilli's unassisted goal at 41:42. Loyola went into the lockeroom at haltime with a two-goal deficit, being outshot 5-2 with no corner kick opportunities.
The Greyhounds battled back and registered six second-half shots compared to three by the Saints. They also had three corner kicks to Siena's one and with only 12 minutes off the second period clock, Alfonso cut the lead in half with his eighth goal of the season and fourth goal in Loyola's last two games.
Senior John Alecci picked up an assist on the goal, but the "Hounds could not get the equalizer. Loyola drops to 1-1 in the Metro Atlantic Conference, falling for the first time in regular season league action since a 1-0 loss at Marist in 1999.
Siena improves to 2-6 overall and 1-0 in the MAAC. Loyola looks to rebound on Sunday at Marist. The Greyhounds face the Red Foxes at 1 p.m.