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UB men's soccer surges to second-straight MAC final; Canisius knocked out

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:

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.

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“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.

Akron beat the Bulls 1-0 in last year's controversial MAC title game and trounced them earlier this season, 4-0. UB has never beaten Akron in the four years under Riddle's watch.

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.

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