Buffalo, N.Y. - In a Battle of the Bridge contest, the Canisius College women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to MAAC rival Niagara on a windy Saturday evening at the Demske Sports Complex. The loss moves the Golden Griffins to 8-6-1 and 3-2-0 in conference play.
After trailing the Golden Griffins, 8-6, in shots through the first half, the Purple Eagles managed to outshoot Canisius, 14-6, in the second half.
To start the second half, the Golden Griffins went back on the attack. In the opening minutes, junior defender Emily Paquette tried to connect with senior forward Kelly Reinwald in front of the Niagara goal off a header with the ball soaring just out of the reach of Reinwald.
Without a shot on net through the end of the first half, the Purple Eagles registered its first in the 50th minute, which would allow their offense to gain some momentum.
The Purple Eagles would record four shots in the next three minutes to the Griffs' one shot. The Golden Griffins' chance came on a pass from Jenny Griffin to Reinwald with the senior forward pulling the shot wide to the left of the post.
In a battle for momentum in the close contest, the Golden Griffins would be called on its second offside infraction of the night in the 55th minute with Reinwald leading the team's charge into the Niagara end.
On Niagara's rush in the 62nd minute, forward Kayla Picanco fed leading-goal scorer Breanna Catipovic a pass with the leading scorer ripping a shot from just outside the 18-yard box, sneaking the ball under the crossbar and out of the reach of Canisius senior goalkeeper Caroline Robert for a 1-0 Niagara lead.
The first half was a close matchup between Canisius and Niagara with the Griffs generating more offense to hold an 8-6 shot advantage, including a 2-0 lead in shots on goal. One of the Golden Griffins' chances came on a cross attempt to Jenny Griffin in the 11th minute with the opportunity called short on an offsides.
In the contest, Niagara outshot the Golden Griffins, 20-12. Reinwald posted six shots on the night with midfielder Michaela DiFazio leading Niagara with four shots. Picanco registered a shot on net on each her shooting attempts.
Robert tallied six second-half saves in her 14th appearance this season. Niagara's Gabrielle Wilson recorded three saves.
"I thought we played our heart out. It was a great effort from the girls. We had a lot of good attack as did Niagara," said Canisius head coach Jim Wendling.
With only one contest this weekend, the Golden Griffins hit the road for a pair of conference contests. Canisius opens their road trip on Friday, Oct. 21 against Siena at 3 p.m followed by Marist on Sunday, October 23 at 1 p.m.