The Canisius College men's soccer team lost 2-1 to Manhattan College on a windy Friday night at the Demske Sports Complex. The Golden Griffins fall to 3-9-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
"We weren't prepared to play in the first half. Manhattan really punished us in the opening 45 minutes," Canisius coach Dermot McGrane said. "We stepped up our game in the second half and created a lot of chances. Unfortunately the damage was done in the first half, and we weren't able to cash in on and get the goal we needed."
All three goals came in a stretch of just over four minutes in the first half. Manhattan got on the board first as Tommy Amos scored on a one-timer in the 12th minute. Amos took a pass from Jack Scavetta and scored in the upper-left corner of the net to give the Jaspers the early 1-0 lead.
Canisius tied the game just over three minutes later as freshman Denver Spearman sent a cross into the box, and freshman Asani Samuels headed the ball into the top-right corner for his first collegiate goal. The Jaspers then came back just 79 seconds later as Trevor Chiduku scored on a penalty kick to give Manhattan the 2-1 lead.
The Griffs had a number of chances to get the equalizer in the second half, but couldn't find the back of the net. Sophomore Will Hudson hit the post twice in the span of three minutes early in the half. The Griffs then had a penalty kick of their own with 2:17 left in the game. Junior Jared Ott sent his shot toward the bottom-left corner, but Manhattan goalie George Ellis made a diving save to preserve the win for Manhattan.
Junior Kareem Gray (2-5-0) made five saves, all in the first half, in the loss. Ellis (1-6-0) made four saves for Manhattan (1-12-0, 1-3-0 MAAC).
Canisius returns to the field for its final home game of the 2011 season on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins face Saint Peter's College, with game time set for 1 p.m.
Notes: The game featured 10 cards - nine yellow cards and one red card. Manhattan played with 10 men for the final 2:17 of the contest... Canisius lost to Manhattan for just the second time in the last eight meetings... Canisius held a 16-14 advantage in shots and 8-5 advantage in corner kicks... Senior JJ Hughes will be honored prior to the start of Sunday's game.