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Siena defeats Canisius men’s aoccer in MAAC matinee

CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Birgir Thorsteinsson tallied both goals and Greg Monroe recorded six saves to lead Siena to a 2-0 victory over Canisius In Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's soccer action Wednesday at the Siena Turf Field in Loudonville, N.Y.
 
The Saints snapped a five-match losing skid with the victory as they improved to 4-9-2 overall and 3-5-0 in conference play. The Golden Griffins slipped to 4-8-2 and 2-6-0 with the shutout setback.
 
Thorseteinsson opened the scoring a little more than 13 minutes into the contest when he placed a cross from Cristobal Toldeo past Canisius senior keeper Bryce Tramuta and inside the right post.
 
Thorseteinsson doubled the Saints margin to 2-0 in the 64th minute when he got behind the Canisius defense and chipped a shot over a charging Tramuta and into the Griffs net.
 
Tramuta finished with seven saves for the Griffs.
 
Head Coach Dermot McGrane's Postgame Comments
"This was a disappointing loss today as it ended any hopes we had at making the playoffs. Losing three All-MAAC First Team players (Troy BradyMelvin Blair and Filippo Tamberini) in the first half made it very difficult for us to generate a lot of offense, but I still thought we'd generate enough quality chances to have won the game."
 
Game Notes
• The victory was the first of the last three meetings between Canisius and Siena to not end in a draw.
• Each team registered 18 shots during the contest as Canisius posted a 10-6 edge in the first half while Siena enjoyed an 11-7 advantage in the second half.
• Canisius posted a 5-3 edge in corner kicks taken during the contest.
• Freshman Alessio Atzori led the Griffs with three shot attempts during the contest.
 
Up Next
• Canisius closes out the road portion of its 2018 regular season schedule Saturday with a 6 p.m. match at Manhattan.