October 2, 2010
UMass rallies to tie Siena 2-2
AMHERST, Mass. - - UMass came back from a two goal deficit to tie Siena, 2-2, on Saturday afternoon at Rudd Field. The Minutemen are 1-3-5 following their final match before beginning Atlantic 10 play next Friday, while the Saints sit at 3-5-1 overall.
UMass, which nearly doubled up Siena in shots in the first half, threatened to take a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute. Junior Bryant Craft's diving header was cleared off the line by a Saints' defender, however, keeping the match scoreless.
Siena went up in the 35th minute when Emery Welshman sent a service into the box that was headed home over netminder Chris Piekos) by Matt Hemsley.
Siena pushed its advantage to 2-0 in the 54th minute. Joshua Vlasich sent a ball over the top that was corralled by Joey Tavernese and shot low past Piekos from the right side of goal.
UMass continued to pressure and eventually halved its deficit in the 70th minute. Craft converted a penalty kick for the Minutemen, recording his fourth goal of the season.
Less than five minutes later, UMass came up with the equalizer. Senior Ben Arikian sent a quick touch pass over to Stuart Amick on the wing, who dribbled towards goal and fired a shot into the top right corner in the 74th minute.
Each side managed one shot apiece in the extra periods, but neither were on target.
The Minutemen totaled 21 shots to the Saints' 12.
Piekos logged four saves for the Minutemen and Phil Chabot turned aside three shots on net for the Saints.
UMass continues its eight-game home stand on Friday, Oct. 8, when they play Atlantic 10 foe Xavier at 3 p.m. on Rudd Field.