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Niagara women’s soccer visits local rivals Canisius on Wednesday night


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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- With points towards the run at the Canal Cup at stake, the Niagara Purple Eagles head south to battle their crosstown rivals in the Canisius Golden Griffins on Wednesday, with play slated to start at 7 p.m.
Scene Setter

  • The Purple Eagles are looking to bounce back after falling in a close affair to Manhattan in overtime on Oct. 6, 1-0.
  • Niagara is currently tied for third in the MAAC standings with Quinnipiac with 10 points.
  • Going back to Oct. 6, Niagara has outscored opponents by an 11-6 margin, going 5-2-1 in that stretch.
 Kickoff Tidbits

  • Goalkeeper Sabrina Locas recorded six saves during Niagara's play against Manhattan. Locas has made at least six saves in each of her last three appearances dating back to Sept. 26.
  • Kelsey Araujo sits second in the MAAC in both shots and shots per game, with 52 and 4.15, respectively.
  • Annie Ibey is currently tied for second in points across the conference (15), and is tied for second in goals with six. Her four game-winning goals also lead the conference.
  • Dating back to Sept. 9, Niagara is 4-0-0 when Shania van Nuland starts in goal.
  • The Purple Eagles rank third in the MAAC in shots per game (16.31), and are tied for second in shutouts this season (five).
Across The Pitch
Canisius Golden Griffins (4-6-2, 1-4-1 MAAC)

  • Canisius is 0-3-1 in its last four games, being outscored 10-1 in those contests. The Golden Griffins most recently fell on the road to the Fairfield Stags on Oct. 6, 4-0.
  • Since the series started in 1985, Niagara leads the all-time series over Canisius, 25-15-2.
  • In the most recent meeting, the Purple Eagles and Golden Griffins met in the 2017 MAAC Tournament First Round. After a scoreless tie, Niagara advanced on penalties (4-3). The Purple Eagles are 5-3-2 in their last 10 meetings with the Golden Griffins.

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