JERSEY CITY, NJ – Senior forward, Santiago Mateus, went out with a bang during his final career game at Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, scoring two goals and logging one assist in Saint Peter's men's soccer 3-1 win over Siena College on Saturday afternoon during Senior Day. The win improves the Peacock's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) record to 2-6-1 and overall mark to 3-10-2.
"It's been emotional because I haven't scored since my freshman year, since I tore my ACL." said Mateus. "It is finally good to score; and then to score both goals and get an assist in my last home game is something I wouldn't of imagined. Scoring felt crazy. I have been super frustrated because I haven't been able to score, but after scoring today it finally feels good. Finally!"
"It's been a great day really today during senior day," said head coach Julian Richens. "We talked about the importance of doing our best to win the game today. It was a great opportunity to honor the seniors for the four, five years of work that they have done at Saint peter's. It was also important for us to end strongly, of what has been an up and down season, and we certainly ended strongly at home today."
The first half witnessed no goals as both teams failed to find the back of the net. Saint Peter's outshot Siena in the first half (8-3) and posted more corner kicks (2-1) in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, the action picked up and so did the offense. Mateus got things going in the 51st minute when fellow classmate, Ezequiel Cei, fed Mateus in the box leading to Mateus first goal of the season. The goal gave the Peacocks a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the half. The lead barley lasted a minute, when Siena's Cristobal Toledo responded with the equalizing goal in the 52nd minute to knot the game at 1-1. The Peacocks would retake the lead in the 55th minute, when a dish from Mateus to Peacock point leader Jordan Jowers found the goal, for the go-ahead tally. The goal was the eighth on the season for Jowers. The Peacocks added a security goal at the 63:57 mark when Mateus got free in the box and sent a goal to the left side of the post after a pass from Chris Rodrigues, extending the Peacock lead to 3-1. The goal was the second on the afternoon from Mateus, giving him five total points on the day.
On the day, the Peacocks held the shot advantage (20-10) and corner kicks edge (7-5). Peacock starting keeper, Robbie Anderson made three saves in goal for Saint Peter's in the winning effort. Seniors Gabrielle Bandelli and Cei led the squad with five shots each, while Jowers posted four shots. Mateus followed with three shots three other Peacocks recorded one shot.
"The win gives us a lot of confidence," added Richens. "We scored one goal in our first five conference games and now in the last four, we have scored 11 goals. It will be a very difficult game away at Quinnipiac, but one we will be looking forward to."
The Peacocks close out the season at Quinnipiac on Wednesday, November 1 at 2pm.