Wednesday, September 15, 2010

University of Albany's Anthony DeSalvo Pushes Men's Soccer Past Siena With Late Goal - UAlbany Sports

Albany, N.Y. - Anthony DeSalvo netted his second goal of the season late in the second half to lift UAlbany to a 1-0 win over Siena in a non-conference men's soccer match between the Capital Region programs on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Varsity Field. With the victory, the Great Danes extended their unbeaten streak against the Saints to three straight matches.

After an evenly played first half in which both squads only managed to take one shot on goal, UAlbany earned the first major scoring opportunity for either side when Milos Jankovic sent a dangerous ball into the box in the 61st minute. DeSalvo, who was named the team's player of the game, tracked down the ball before it went out of bounds and sent a pass back to Caleb Ciaschetti. The freshman took a shot that appeared to beat Saints goalkeeper Phil Chabot to the right post, but the ball went just wide of the goal.

UAlbany (3-2), which has blanked its crosstown rival in three straight meetings, continued to apply pressure and broke loose with the only goal it needed in the 79th minute. Jeff Pierre sent a long pass down the middle of the field to DeSalvo, who turned around and sent an arching shot that landed in the top left corner of the net past the outstretched hands of Chabot. Pierre was credited with his first career assist and point on the play.

Siena (1-3) almost tied the score in the 86th minute when James Beeston sent an arching shot from over 25 yards out that was headed to the top right corner of the goal. However, UAlbany's Adrian Foncette made an acrobatic leap backwards and punched the ball away at the last moment. The ensuing corner kick was successfully cleared away before the final whistle sounded minutes later.

Foncette made three saves on seven chances to earn his second shutout victory of the season for UAlbany. Siena's Chabot turned away two of the 11 shots he faced and suffered the loss.

UAlbany returns to action when it travels to face Hartwick on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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