Oct. 29, 2010
BALTIMORE - Siena College scored two second half goals, and the Saints defeated host Loyola University Maryland, 2-1, on Friday night in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds (8-4-2 overall, 4-1-1 MAAC) struck first in the 13th minute with Eddie Dines' third goal of the season. Stephen Dooley sent the ball up to Glenn Leitch, who streaked down the right side of the Siena half and crossed a pass to Dines on the far post.
Dines booted in the chance from close range to put Loyola on the scoreboard with a 1-0 lead.
Kyle Wittman made two saves in the first half to keep Siena scoreless, and Loyola carried its 1-0 lead into halftime.
Siena (8-6-1, 5-1-0) scored an equalizer five minutes into the second half to pull even with the Greyhounds. Jannis Opalk headed Joey Tavernese's front-flip throw-in into the box and Matt Hemsley converted for a goal. The game stood tied, 1-1, with 40 minutes remaining.
The Saints took the lead in the 73rd minute as Emery Welshman went one-on-one against a Loyola defender inside the 18, and he slipped a low shot by Wittman to put Siena ahead, 2-1.
The Greyhounds had another scoring chance with less than eight minutes to play. Gerwyn Jones outmuscled a Saints' defender down the left side of the field and crossed a ball to Cesar Ramos who nodded a header down in the middle of the box.
Leitch made a turning, low kick from right-to-left, but Siena goalkeeper Phil Chabot made a diving save to thwart the chance.
Siena nearly made it a two-goal advantage in the 85th minute as Sindre Ek got loose inside the box off a Welshman pass, but Wittman made a charging save on Ek's shot.
Loyola returns to the Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday, for a Senior Day matchup against Marist in the Greyhounds' last home game of the regular season. Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m.