After a two-game road trip, the Canisius College men’s soccer team returns to the Demske Sports Complex on Wednesday night to host Battle of the Bridge rival Niagara on Wednesday night. The Griffs and Purple Eagles are set to meet at the Demske Sports Complex at 7 p.m.
BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE RIVALRY
• Wednesday’s game is not only worth three points in the MAAC standings but also two points in the Battle of the Bridge series.
• The Battle of the Bridge series is an all-sports competition between the two rival schools.
• Niagara currently leads the 2013-14 series, 3-2. Canisius can take a 4-3 lead with a win on Wednesday.
• Canisius has won the competition 6-of-8 years, including the last three.
ARVIN LEADS THE MAAC
• Senior Ryan Arvin has enjoyed a solid season as the team’s last line of defense and currently ranks among the conference’s best goalkeepers.
• In MAAC play this season, Arvin is averaging 4.67 saves per game, the top mark in the conference.
• The senior netminder has anchored an improved defense since his return from injury. Canisius allowed 3.00 goals per game in the first three contests of the season but since Arvin’s return, the Griffs have lowered their scoring defense to 1.18 goals per game in 11 contests.
CANISIUS – NIAGARA SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs and Purple Eagles are meeting for the 54th time in series history.
• Canisius has played Niagara more than any other school in the program’s history.
• The Purple Eagles hold a 29-21-3 advantage in the series.
• Niagara has won the last five games between the two rival schools.
• Despite a 24-10 advantage in shots last season against the Purple Eagles, Niagara escaped with a 3-2 win at the Demske Sports Complex thanks to an 83rd-minute goal.
ABOUT THE PURPLE EAGLES
• The defending conference champions, Niagara enters the weekend with a 3-10-1 record and a 1-4-1 mark in MAAC play.
• Callum Willmott leads the Purple Eagles with eight points and three goals, while Nicholas Watson ranks second on the team with seven points, including a team-best three assists.
• Brenden Ottman has appeared in 9-of-14 games for the Purple Eagles in net, posting a 1.08 goals against average and .792 save percentage.
Menís Soccer Hosts Niagara on Wednesday
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics