October 15, 2010 - 10:26 PM
There's something about overtime that just doesn't faze the Canisius women's soccer team.
Facing No. 25-ranked Siena in the second extra period, Williamsville's Jenny Griffin scored to give Canisius a 3-2 win at the Demske Sports Complex Friday night.
The Golden Griffins are now 5-0-0 in overtime games this season. They also improved to 5-0-0 at home and 3-1-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Siena (12-1-0, 4-1-0) had entered the game undefeated with a national buzz, ranked No. 25 in the Soccer America Top 25. The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
Canisius tied the game on a goal by Caroline Robert in the 46th minute then took a 2-1 lead from Brianna Smith in the 83rd minute. But the Saints tied the game in the 85th, sending the game to overtime.
That's when Griffin came through with her goal.
"I really can't believe I just scored there," the junior forward saig. "I'm not sure how the ball even got to me, it was loose in the box and I just put it on net. It wasn't the best shot I've ever taken, but it bounced once and skipped on the turf right past their goalkeeper in it ended up in the back of the net."
"I think this is a fantastic win for the girls and for this program," Canisius coach Jim Wendling said. "Siena is a good team and they outshot us and had more corner kicks than us, but we played hard and kept working until the end. This is a step in the right direction and it shows everyone on this team that we're talented enough to play and really compete with a top-25 team in the country."
The Griffs host Marist at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Niagara women's soccer upends Marist: The Purple Eagles pulled their own upset at Niagara Field, handing Marist (4-1-0) its first conference loss of the season.
Freshman forward Kayla Picanco scored in the first half to give Niagara a 1-0 lead. The win evens the team's MAAC record at 2-2-0.
"I thought we played a very good first half and I was really proud of the effort," Niagara coach Peter Veltri said. "We created a lot of opportunities, scored one and could have scored another two. We did enough to earn the victory and I thought in the second half we showed a lot of heart to hold on to the lead. The win was very important if we want to make it to the (MAAC) Tournament."
Playoff hopes dwindle for Bona women's soccer: The chance at an Atlantic 10 tournament berth are slipping away from St. Bonaventure after a 2-1 OT loss to LaSalle at McGraw-Jennings Field -- its first home loss of the season.
Bona dropped to 1-3 in the A-10, putting them in the bottom third of congested conference standings. Only the top six teams qualify for the A-10 Championships, scheduled for Nov. 2-7 in Kingston, R.I.
"I thought we dominated for long stretches of the game and created a lot of really good chances," Bona coach Manoj Khettry said. "It's an incredibly disappointing loss ... because I thought we played really well. We've really dug ourselves into a hole and we have to fight to stay alive for an A-10 tournament spot."
The Bonnies host Fordham at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Another tie for Niagara men's hockey: They get a lead, give it up, and settle for a tie. At least that's the pattern for the two games of the season for the Purple Eagles.
This time, it was a 2-1 third period lead that ended up in a 2-2 tie for Niagara with UMass-Lowell.
Freshman goalie Carsen Chubak made 39 saves in his collegiate debut. He salvaged the tie for the Purple Eagles as UMass-Lowell held a 21-7 advantage in shots through the third period and overtime.
"Chubak helped shut the door in overtime," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "He was very strong for us and gave us confidence."
Scoreless streak ends for UB women: A pair of goals in the first half ended a 409 minute, 53 second scoreless stretch for the University at Buffalo women's soccer team. Still the Bulls (1-12-2, 0-5-2 MAC) remained winless in conference play as Ball State scored twice in the second for a 2-2 tie.
The Bulls host Mid-American Conference leader Toledo at noon on Sunday.
--- Amy Moritz