Men’s Game of the Week: Siena Subdues LIU

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NCAA logoA slow start to the season got worse for the Long Island University Blackbirds (0-5-1) after a home loss to Siena College (2-3-3) on Friday. Playing in front of a good crowd at LIU Field in Brooklyn, the Blackbirds were unable to find the back of the net yet again, despite registering 15 shots, 6 on goal. They have managed only two goals in five games.

In the first half, LIU was able to create several scoring chances, primarily through junior Rasmus Hansen, who was deployed as a central attacker on the night. Hansen, who led the conference in points last season, looked dangerous on the ball, but he failed to convert on either of his two shots; he also sent more than one dangerous ball into the box, none of which turned into a goal.

After playing to a relative stalemate for the opening hour, Siena broke through with goals from two freshmen in the span of two minutes, effectively putting the game away. Alejandro Riquelme, who starred in Spain’s Juvenil Nacional Division before moving to New York for college, opened the scoring in the 63rd minute, when he capitalized on a defensive error in the penalty area. His cool flick over LIU keeper Cole Palmer seemed to take the air out of the Blackbirds’ defense, as a second goal followed quickly. Senior striker Alexander Tejera headed a long ball to the feet of Norwegian midfielder Andreas Rosnes, who tucked away the chance for his first collegiate goal.

The Saints will hope to carry the momentum gained from the victory into their MAAC schedule, which opens on Wednesday in Buffalo with a matchup against Canisius. Meanwhile, the Blackbirds picked up their first win of the season against Howard University at home on Sunday, 3-1. NEC play begins for them on Oct. 8 at Sacred Heart.