IONA DOMINATES CANISIUS IN NEW ROCHELLE
By Colin Richey, Assistant Sports Editor
The Canisius men’s soccer team fell 4–1 to MAAC opponent Iona on Saturday, dropping to 0–2–1 in conference play this season.
The Gaels jumped onto the scoreboard early, scoring in the fourth minute of the game. Junior goalkeeper Jack Petrie saved the initial shot, but the rebound took an unlucky bounce off of a Canisius defender and into the back of the net. Iona doubled their lead in the 21st minute. The Griffs responded in the 35th minute thanks to junior forward Ely Sidibe and sophomore midfielder Glodie Mata. Sidibe led the attack down the field and found Mata in prime scoring position. Mata recorded his second goal of the season, while Sidible notched his team-leading third assist of the year. Less than two minutes later, Iona struck again, maintaining their two-goal lead heading into halftime. The second half was all Iona, dominating in shots and time of possession, securing one more goal in the process at the 65-minute mark.
The box score reflected the very one-sided game, with Iona outshooting Canisius 25–3, including registering 15 shots on goal in comparison to the Griffs lone shot on goal. Petrie registered a new career high in saves with 11, and his second-highest save percentage of the season, finishing with a .733 on the day.
After the loss, graduate defender Inder Thind was awarded Male Student-Athlete of the Month for September. Thind has started in six of seven games this season for the Griffins, and he has been on the field for over 75% of the team’s minutes.
Next up for the team is a home game against Fairfield this Saturday at 1 p.m., where the Griffs will look to earn their first conference win of the season.