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Menís Soccer Plays to Scoreless Draw

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/02/2011
Sophomore Ryan Arvin
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The Canisius College men's soccer team finished the opening weekend in conference play with four points after earning a 0-0 draw against Marist on Sunday afternoon. The Griffs are now 3-6-1 during the season and 1-0-1 against MAAC competition, while the Red Foxes are 4-3-4 and 0-1-1 in league play.

The four points after the opening weekend of play are the most for Canisius since 2007.

Sophomore Ryan Arvin anchored the Griff defense in the draw, matching a career high with six saves to record his first collegiate shutout.

While both schools had a number of scoring chances, Canisius was the team that just barely missed in their opportunities. Junior Jared Ott hit the crossbar in the 32nd minute and then had his shot off a free kick stopped with a diving save in the 44th minute.

In the overtime, junior Gavin Falconer headed the ball toward the goal from five yards out only to be stopped by Marist's Steve Skonieczny, who once again had to make a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Overall, Marist had a 20-13 edge in shots on the afternoon, settling for a number of chances from distance. Skonieczny finished with four saves for the Red Foxes to earn the shutout.

Canisius continues MAAC action next Friday, playing at Fairfield. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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