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Men’s Soccer runs into stalemate against Bonnies

Connor Pohlman, Sports Editor

The Golden Griffins and St. Bonaventure Bonnies ended their match in a draw on Friday evening, Canisius’ second of the season. Sophomore Reilly Boyer netted his first collegiate goal in the 32nd minute to pace Canisius against their Little Three rival.

The draw moved the Golden Griffins' to 1-2-2 on the campaign while the Bonnies played in their first draw this season, setting their record at 2-2-1. Canisius Redshirt sophomore Obed Berhe made his first collegiate start and junior Luke Szablewski and senior Inder Thind both earned their second career assists on Boyer's goal

Canisius opened the scoring when Thind placed a pass into the box to Boyer, who deflected the ball down to Szablewski. Szablewski then corralled the ball, touching it off to Boyer who turned and fired a shot past St. Bonaventure keeper Nicolas Pucci.

The Bonnies wouldn't go away that easily, however, as the visitors connected with the equalizer in the 59th minute of the match. Matthew Wrobel collected the feed in the box from Thomas Yegbor before putting it over Canisius keeper William Howard.

St. Bonaventure out-shot Canisius, 18-15, in the contest, highlighted by a 12-7 edge in the second half. St. Bonaventure also held a 12-2 advantage in corner kicks in the match.

St. Bonaventure had an opportunity late to give themselves the lead, but Thind made a sliding tackle, kicking the ball out of bounds to preserve the tie.

Friday's game served as the 52nd contest between the two Western New York schools and the first on the campus of Canisius College since 2018.

Canisius heads on the road for the first time since the season opener when it faces Binghamton in a non-conference match on Sept. 17. Kickoff from Vestal, N.Y. is slated for 1 p.m.

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