Men's Soccer Edged By Canisius, 1-0
October 29, 2016
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- While the recent results may not show it, no one can claim that the Fairfield University men's soccer team has not shown a great deal of effort over the last 10 days. In tonight's game, the Stags more than doubled up their opponent in shots but could not find the back of the net. The result was a disappointing 1-0 setback against Canisius College on the road.
The offense came close on several occasions, including a pair of shots that just skipped wide and two others that hit a cross bar and a post. While the offense applied pressure, the defense kept Canisius away from danger.
Late in the first half, Fairfield nearly broke through with the game's first goal when Martin Lindgren positioned himself just outside the box. A cross came to the defender and he hit a volley that seemed destined for the back of the goal. Only a spectacular diving save by Canisius goalkeeper Marco Trivellato cleared the ball over the cross bar and sent the two teams into the locker room deadlocked at 0-0.
The Stags nearly took the lead later in the game when Dominic Marshall controlled the ball and spun right to find open space. The senior sent a shot toward the lower corner of the goal but the ball just skipped past the post for another hard-luck miss by the Stags.
Canisius took the lead not on its own effort but rather a defensive lapse by the Stags. Melvin Blair approached the Fairfield goal and escaped a slide tackle within five feet of the goal. He regained control and continued toward the net before finally losing control. As the ball rolled toward the center of the box, a Fairfield player tried to clear the ball but mishit the attempt and the ball caught the upper corner of the Stags goal to put the home team in front off an own goal.
The Stags created more opportunities later in the game but the Canisius goalkeeper was equal to the challenges and kept Fairfield scoreless for the remainder of the game. Trivellato made five saves for Canisius, while Joe Martin made two saves for the Stags.
"We outshot and outplayed the opponent and came away with nothing again," Head Coach Carl Rees said. "We hit post and cross bar twice and lost to an own goal of the strangest variety. This group of lads have fought hard all season and played some incredible football. It's a cruel game to see them go unrewarded. They have given everything I could not have asked for more."
Fairfield finishes up the regular season with a home game against Quinnipiac University on Wednesday night. The men's soccer program will celebrate the careers of this year's seniors with a pregame ceremony.