LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - On road Saturday afternoon versus the MAAC-leading Siena Saints, the Marist men's soccer fought valiantly and outshot their opponent, but unfortunately could not outscore the Saints. After 90 minutes of soccer, Marist fell by a score of 3-1. Sophomore Dylan Lee (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) netted his second goal of the season for the Red Foxes in a losing effort.
The story for the majority of the first half was defense, as neither team was able to register a shot on goal for nearly 30 minutes, until senior Stephan Brossard (Port Washington, N.Y.) put a shot on Siena's Damian Liesemann at 28:23. Following his shot on goal, Brossard tested the Saints' goalkeeper again in the 39th minute. Freshman Steven Arraiano (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) found his way into the offense when he put a shot on goal two minutes after Brossard.
With a 6-3 advantage in shots in the 42nd minute, Marist looked to close out the half with either its first goal or a scoreless game at the break. Siena had other ideas and registered back-to-back goals, 84 seconds a part, at 42:08 and 43:32 to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Red Foxes looked to get back in the game with more of the offensive pressure that they showed throughout much of the first 45 minutes. Freshman Cesar Ceja (Port Chester, N.Y.) led the offensive charge with two shots during the first six minutes of play, including one that required a save from Liesemann.
After 25 minutes of fighting for their first goal, the Red Foxes broke through into the scoring column at 72:00 when Lee controlled an Evan Southworth (Newburgh, N.Y.) cross and headed in a shot for the score.
Over the final 18 minutes, Siena would lock down its defensive third and allow just one Red Fox shot.
A late Siena goal in the 83rd minute would make the final score, 3-1.
For the game, Marist outshot 13-12 with 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Making his first start of 2012, junior Joe Ruocco (Queens, N.Y.) took the loss in goal.
Post-game head coach Matt Viaggiano remarked that "we played well for the majority of the game, but occasionally lacked creativity on the offensive end and that affected our scoring ability. Siena made the most of its opportunities and scored on three well-placed crosses. We've been trying to fight through our injuries, but unfortunately they're catching up to us and starting to show in our play. I'm proud of how we've been in every conference game this year and if not for a few breaks here and there, we'd be in the thick of the postseason discussion."
The Red Foxes will conclude their regular season next weekend with a pair of road games; a 7 p.m. contest at Fairfield on Friday and a 1 p.m. meeting in New Rochelle with Iona on Sunday.