LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - The No. 3 seeded Iona College women's soccer team takes on No. 6 Siena in the 2013 MAAC Championship quarterfinal round at ESPN's Wide World of Sports. The Gaels and Saints square off Friday morning (Nov. 1) at 11:00 am.
RECENT HISTORY VS. SIENA
The Gaels won a thrilling 1-0 overtime decision over the Saints in front of a large crowd on Homecoming and Family Weekend at Mazzella Field on Oct. 19. Senior Sofia Sanchez scored the game winner in the 95th minute. The tally for Sanchez in the Gaels third to last game of the season sparked a three-game goal scoring stretch for the Maroon & Gold senior. Iona is 13-15-2 all-time vs. the Saints including 3-1-1 over the last five seasons. The last time the two teams met in the MAAC Championship was during Siena's inaugural season in the MAAC in 1992 with the Gaels taking a 3-2 overtime victory in the opening round.
MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Iona's lone MAAC Championship came in 1992. The Gaels earned a top four seed for the second straight season after finishing fourth in 2012. Iona also competed in the MAAC Championship in 2009 (No. 4), 2005 (No. 4), 2004 (No. 4), 2000 (No. 4) and 1992 (No. 1). The Gaels last win in a MAAC Championship appearance was during the 1992 championship game vs. Loyola Maryland.
Iona is 6-3 this season in games decided by a single goal with a 2-1 record in overtime games. In addition to its victory over Siena on Oct. 19, the Gaels also dispatched Quinnipiac in overtime on Oct. 5. The Maroon & Gold was also 4-0 in MAAC play this season in 1-0 contests (Canisius, Quinnipiac, Siena, Saint Peter's).
RIVERA IN NET:
Senior Trista Rivera was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week twice (Sep. 3, Sep. 23) and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8. She finished third in the MAAC in save percentage (87.1%) in league contests, second in total saves (54) and tied for third with four shut outs. Rivera was fifth overall allowing 0.82 goals per game in 10 MAAC contests.
Seniors Nicole Paulucci and Sofia Sanchez led the Gaels with three goals apiece, with Sanchez' tallies all coming in MAAC play and two being game winners. Sanchez was tied with nine other performers for eighth place in the statistic in MAAC games. Junior Safi Ayinde's three assists in MAAC play was tied for the second most in the league.