Canisius to host UB in men’s soccer tonight
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 24, 2012 @ 10:09am
Last year’s University at Buffalo vs. Canisius men’s soccer tilt was pretty epic. How epic? The game-winning goal by Canisius’ Andrew Incho wound up as the #2 play on ESPN’s SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. Watch below:
The two teams square off tonight at 7 at the Demske Sports Complex on Cansius’ campus. It’s free of charge, which is pretty awesome.
The vicious strike from distance was a flash in the pan for Incho, who finished 2011 with just that one goal. The Griffins ended the campaign with a disappointing 4-14-1 mark, tied for second-last in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Losing only one senior and bringing in three potential impact players—including dynamic Clarence midfielder Chris Berardi to join former Red Devils Derek Maier and Ryan Schroen—head coach Dermot McGrane has depth, but is his squad talented enough to compete? Denver Spearman, Jared Ott, A.C. LaFlore and goalie Kareem Gray are players to watch, as well as lanky sophomore striker Asani Samuels, a raw talent who’s said to have improved immensely since last season.
UB ended 2011 with a record of 8-8-2, losing in the MAC Semifinals to Northern Illinois 1-0. There were positive moments, however, as David Hesch’s team actually led the University of Akron, the #4 ranked school in the country, in the second half before falling 5-2 after a Darren Mattocks eruption. The Bulls graduate star striker Andy Tiedt but return key contributors Maksym Kowal, Joey Merlo, Richard Craven, Patrick Ryan and Lukas Fedler. It will be interesting to see who Hesch starts between the pipes, as incumbent Jonathan Viscosi, Ryan Aubrey and Jeremy Figler all have starting ability.