By: Stephen Lapage
After coming off a loss to Manhattan, the Canisius men's soccer team looked to bounce back and add another win to their record before their season closed. The Griffins headed on the road to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats as well as the Rider Broncos.
The Griffins came out winless and ended their season with a 1-10-6 record.
Canisius started its road trip by heading to Hamden, Conneticiut to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The Bobcats were coming off of a two game win streak, and the Griffins looked to end that streak.
The Bobcats came out strong, scoring a goal just over ten minutes into the game. They continued their lead adding another goal in the second half, scored again by Brage Aassen. Aassen’s two goals were too much for the Griffins to overcome as the Bobcats held on to win 2-0. Graduate goalkeeper for the Canisius Golden Griffins, William Howard, made six saves in the game, setting a season high record for him, with 83 saves.
Canisius looked to trend in an upward direction as they traveled to Lawrenceville, New Jersey to take on the Rider Broncos. The Broncos were coming off of three straight ties, but Canisius looked to hand them a loss to break their streak.
Both teams traded chances in the first half, however, no goals were allowed by either goalkeeper. The Broncos came out of halftime fighting as they scored a goal to take the lead in the match.
This goal would be the only score in the game as the Rider Broncos win 1-0. Howard continued his spectacular season, adding 7 more saves to his name bringing his season total to 90 saves. This was the most saves in a single season by a Canisius Goalkeeper since 2007, where Adam Catley tallied 107 stops.
Canisius ends their season with a conference record of 0-7-3 in the MAAC and an overall record of 1-10-6.
As the men close their season out, they look to train for the 2023 season and improve on their 2022 season. Sophomore Kodie Sarkodie led the Golden Griffins in minutes played this year and freshman Daniel Longo led all first year players. Canisius will look to have this young core carry the Golden Griffins to a stronger season next year.