NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – The Marist men’s soccer team was narrowly edged by Niagara on Wednesday afternoon, 1-0. The Red Foxes fall to 2-7 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play. Senior goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski (London, Ontario) recorded three saves for Marist.
"We hit the post three times again and had the ball cleared off the line twice,” said head coach Matt Viggiano. “The guys work hard and dominate the opponents but we can't find a way to score. Unfortunately we couldn't find a way to get the ball in the back of the net today because we did everything else right."
The contest was evenly matched through the opening 45 minutes of play, but ended in favor of the Purple Eagles heading into halftime. Niagara freshman Nicholas Watson broke the scoreless game in the 30th minute. Watson blocked a clear attempt by a Marist defender and dribbled towards the net. Watson rushed Sokalski and slipped a low shot into the right corner.
The Red Foxes went on the attack in the second half, controlling a majority of the possession and keeping the ball in the Purple Eagles’ end of the field. Marist came close to finding the game equalizer in the 73rd minute, but senior Nick Garcia kept the Red Foxes off the scoreboard. Tony Carreras (Valley Stream, N.Y.) picked up a deflected shot just outside the 18-yard box and made no mistake knocking the ball over Ottman, who was out of position because of a deflection. The ball was headed towards the empty net, but Garcia made a sliding save to keep the ball out of the goal and score 1-0.
Marist outshot Niagara 22-10 and had an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks but were unable to convert as the 1-0 score went final.
The Red Foxes return home on Saturday, Nov. 9 for their final game of the season and senior night against Fairfield. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tenney Stadium. Admission is free and open to the public.