Sept. 30, 2011
Gavin Falconer scored less than two minutes into overtime, handing the Saints a 2-1 defeat in the MAAC lid-lifter Friday night in Buffalo. Nathan Olukanmi scored his first career goal for the Saints in the loss.
The setback snapped a streak of three consecutive wins in conference openers for the Saints (3-5, 0-1) which have now dropped seven of their last 10 meetings with Canisius (3-6, 1-0).
Siena got off to a fast start, scoring the game's first goal in the fourth minute. Olukanmi, who has dazzled with his lightning quick speed as a freshman, finally got something to show for it.
James Beeston sent in a long ball to Olukanmi who easily sped through the Golden Griffins' defense and chipped the ball in for the score.
Much like their win over UAlbany Sunday, the Saints continued to control tempo early on while shutting down the Canisius attack. Siena registered five shots in the first 21 minutes while holding the Griffs without a shot for the first 24 minutes.
But unlike Sunday, the Saints failed to capitalize and Canisius was able to turn things around. The Griffs netted the equalizer in the 59' when Regan Steele blasted home a 30-yard free kick.
The game would remain tied through regulation before Canisius quickly ended things in overtime. The Griffs' Will Hudson crossed to Sam Zarka who headed the ball to Falconer who corralled possession and shot home the game-winner.
It would prove to be a devastating blow to the Saints who themselves had a chance to quickly end things just a minute earlier. Just 47 seconds into overtime Falko Friedrichs attempted a header, but the Griffs' Ryan Arvin made the key save.
It marked the third win in Canisius' last four matches - all by identical 2-1 scores - after an 0-5 start to the season. Siena meanwhile, which has had all eight games decided by one goal this season, fell to 0-4 on the road.
Both squads amassed 14 shots with the Saints' holding a 4-2 edge in corners. Jack Binks stopped three shots for the Saints while Arvin tallied five saves for Canisius.
The Saints return to action Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Niagara.