Men’s soccer fails to hold lead, falls to Siena

Julius Schoner scored a goal for the Griffs on Thursday, but they fell 3-2 to Siena. (Aidan Joly/The Griffin)

By Adam Gorski, Sports Layout Editor

The Canisius men’s soccer team managed to put the ball into the back of the net three times on Thursday afternoon — unfortunately, one of those instances happened to be on their own net, which wound up being the difference.

After a high-scoring second half, it was the Siena Saints who came out on top, downing the Griffs 3-2 in Loudonville, N.Y. 

“Despite the result, I felt our team actually played very well,” Canisius head coach Dermot McGrane told “We possessed the ball very well through the midfield and looked dangerous going forward.”

It was Canisius (0-2, 0-2) who managed to get on the board first, as a pass at the top of the 18-yard box from Alessandro Fabiano connected with Lachlan Beever, who buried it into the bottom right corner of the net in the 31st minute. The Griffs were the more dangerous side in the first half, tallying four shots on goal to Siena’s two, and deservedly took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

The floodgates opened in the second 45 minutes, however, as the Saints (1-1,1-1) tied the game at 1-1 in the 61st minute thanks to a Jack Mendrysa tap-in off the feed from Cam Shaw. Just six minutes later, Siena took the lead after the Griffs conceded an own goal.

“Mental lapses have hurt us in both games this year,” McGrane told GoGriffs. “If we can eliminate the mental errors, we are tough to play against.”

Even after the error, the Griffs swiftly responded in the 68th minute to tie the match at 2-2, as a free kick from Julius Schoner found its way into the net.

The game-winner came from Shaw for Siena in the 76th minute, as he blasted an effort from 35 yards out past Canisius keeper Tom Crosbie to give the Saints a 3-2 advantage that they would hold onto the rest of the way. Shaw’s goal concluded a period that saw four goals in just under 15 minutes.

The Griffs will hope to get their first win of the season next week, as they return to Demske Sports Complex to take on Marist at 1 p.m. on March 25.

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