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Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/16/2011
Junior defender Regan Steele
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Buffalo, N.Y. - The Canisius College men's soccer team fell to Saint Peter's, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. The Peacocks tallied goals in each half to secure the victory, improving to 3-10-0 overall and 2-3-0 in MAAC play while the Griffs dropped to 3-10-1 and 1-4-0 in the conference.

Holding a 1-0 lead, the Peacocks freshman forward Noah Sadoui tallied his second goal of the contest, fifth of the season, in the 72nd minute off a loose ball in the Canisius end.

Despite trailing 2-0, Canisius generated great opportunities in the final 10 minutes. The first opportunity came in the 80th minute as junior defender Regan Steele was sent an intended pass in the mouth goal with the ball rolling just out of his reach. On the same possession, sophomore defender Will Hudson sent a header towards the Saint Peter's goal with the Peacocks goalkeeper Diego Mendoza making the stop.

In the 86th minute, Steele had a pair of chances to get the Golden Griffins on the board. Positioned in front of the goal, Hudson's first shot would be blocked with the junior heading his own rebound towards the net.

Saint Peter's secured a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of play off a free kick by Sadoui. From 20 yards out, Sadoui buried his wind-aided shot in the top right corner over Canisius goalkeeper Kareem Gray.

In the loss, the Golden Griffins held a 16-13 shot advantage over the Peacocks. Junior forward Gavin Falconer, freshman midfielder Denver Spearman, and Hudson each recorded three shots. The Peacocks were led by leading-scorer Sadoui with five shots.

In his ninth appearance, Gray recorded two saves on the day. Medoza collected four stops in his third victory of the season.

Four Peacocks were given yellow cards and one a red card in the contest, including 23 fouls. The Griffs received one yellow with 18 fouls called against them.

"I have not seen us play that bad all year. We gave the ball away constantly and we couldn't string passes together. It was not good enough and that is why we lost," said Canisius head coach Dermot McGrane. "You can't possibly win playing like that. It just was not good enough."

The Golden Griffins wrap up the season in their final four games on the road. Their next game will be on Friday, Oct. 21 at conference opponent Loyola at 7 p.m.

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