The University at Buffalo men’s soccer team is off to the championship game in the Mid-American Conference playoffs for the second straight season. Canisius wasn’t so lucky in the Metro Atlantic postseason bracket despite a strong final stretch to its campaign.
Defensive midfielder David Enstrom scored in the first overtime to lift UB to a 2-1 semifinal win over Bowling Green in Akron, Ohio. The 6'2 junior from Sweden headed in a rebound that hung in the air inside the six-yard box after Russell Cicerone's free kick wasn't stopped cleanly by the Falcons' goalkeeper.
Watch the goal below:
— UB Men's Soccer Team (@BullsMensSoccer) November 12, 2016
Tommy Fogarty-Cameron scored early in the second half - on an Enstrom assist - to break a scoreless tie, but Jacob Roth tallied for Bowling Green in the 58th minute to even the score.
“I’m really proud of the lads,” said UB coach Stu Riddle. “We showed our experience of playing in a championship game in the past.”
UB has earned a rematch against the Akron Zips, who beat Western Michigan, 4-0, in the other semifinal. International Prep alum Ezana Kahsay scored the final goal in that contest for the Zips.
The MAC final will be played at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at Akron's FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field. The action can be streamed via the Zips' website. Stay tuned to the BN Soccer Twitter account for a link.
Meanwhile, Canisius lost to Quinnipiac, 3-1, in the MAAC semifinal. Thomas Teupen had the lone goal for the Golden Griffins in a game played in Hamden, Conn. Dermot McGrane's Griffs had beaten Marist, 2-0, to reach the conference semifinals for the first time.