Picked by the league’s coaches before the season to finish eighth, the undefeated Siena women’s soccer team is now just one win away from the program’s first MAAC tournament championship since 2015.
Schoharie High School graduate Carrie Krohn scored in the first half and assisted on what ended up being the deciding goal in the second half, helping top-seeded Siena dispatch No. 4 seed Rider, 2-1, in the MAAC semifinals on Monday at Hickey Field.
Siena (6-0-1 overall), which is coming off its first regular-season MAAC title in 29 years of competition in the league, will host No. 3 seed and four-time defending conference champion Monmouth in Friday’s championship game.
Krohn put Siena on top 13 minutes into the first half, with Emily McNelis and Rachel Sullivan providing the assists as Krohn broke through on a solo run to beat Rider (4-2-2) goalkeeper Ellie Sciancalepore.
The game remained 1-0 for another hour until the Saints got an insurance goal when Jayanna Monds found the back of the net, with assists credited to Krohn and Annie Bagnall.
That second goal proved vital, as five minutes later Niamh Cashin scored off a Camryn Dees corner kick to make it 2-1.
However, Siena held on in the final 11 minutes to see out the victory, with goalie Leslie Adams making three saves to preserve the win.
Siena’s win sets up a rematch of the 2018 MAAC championship game, a 7-1 Monmouth victory.
Monmouth earned its spot in Friday’s final with a 2-0 road victory on Monday against No. 2 Quinnipiac in Hamden, Connecticut.
Siena and Monmouth met April 3 in the regular-season finale for both teams, with the match ending in a 1-1 draw.
Halftime score: Siena led 1-0. Rider scoring: Cashin 1-0, Dees 0-1. Siena scoring: Krohn 1-1, McNelis 0-1, Sullivan 0-1, Monds 1-0, Bagnall 1-0. Goalies: Rider, Sciancalepore, 3 saves. Siena, Adams, 3 saves. Attendance: 100.