The Niagara University men’s soccer team suffered their first loss of the season on Friday when a late first half goal by Siena was enough to edge the Purple Eagles, 1-0, at Siena Turf Field.
With the loss, the Purple Eagles (8-1-4, 2-1-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) saw their 12-game unbeaten streak cut short, despite outshooting the Saints 15-8, including 12-1 in the second half.
Siena’s Daniel Alderstad took a pass down the middle from fellow senior Sindre Ek and slid a one touch shot past goalie Brett Petricek into the far corner for what would stand as the game-winning goal.
“[Friday’s] game was about missed opportunities,” Niagara coach Chase Brooks said. “We were on the road and played in tough weather conditions so we had to take advantage of our chances, but we failed to do that today.”
Elsewhere, Emmett O’Connor scored to two goals and picked up his 19th career assist to lead St. Bonaventure (4-10, 2-2 Atlantic 10) past Dayton (7-4-1, 1-2-1), 3-0, at McGraw-Jennings Field.
The University at Buffalo men’s soccer team (3-10-1, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) snapped its four-game losing streak and beat Florida Atlantic (2-10-1, 0-5 MAC), 1-0, earning the Bulls three important points in the MAC playoff hunt. Richard Craven scored the game’s only goal in the first half, and Jonathan Viscosi secured the team’s first shutout of the season with seven saves. Also, Canisius College earned its first MAAC victory of the season with a 2-1 victory over Marist.
The Griffs are focusing on trying to qualify for the four-team MAAC Tournament and entered Friday’s game seven points behind fourth place with six games remaining.
MEN’S HOCKEY: Kevin Carr made 35 saves and Buffalo State (1-0) produced three power-play goals to stun visiting Penn State (1-2), 3-0, in front of a record crowd of 1,619 at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.
The Nittnay Lions finished with a 35-26 advantage in shots, but the Bengals had a 19-16 edge over the final two periods. The teams combined for 29 penalties, totaling 83 minutes. Buffalo State finished 3 for 11 on the power play, and the Nittany Lions were 0 for 9 with the man advantage.
Nick Melligan (Niagara-Wheatfield), Mike Zannella and Trevor McKinney each scored goals for the Bengals.
Meanwhile, Niagara could not hold onto a two-goal lead and fell to Michigan State, 3-2 at Munn Ice Arena. After the Purple Eagles (1-2-1) dominated play in the first 40 minutes of play and headed into the final period with a 2-0 advantage, but a penalty ridden final 20 minutes led the Spartans to three goals.