BUFFALO, NY – Junior defender David Enstrom buried his first career game-winning goal in the 81st minute to give the University at Buffalo men's soccer team (2-0-0, 0-0-0 MAC) the 1-0 victory over cross-town rival Canisius in the battle for the Big 4 Shield on Sunday night at Demske Sports Complex. The Bulls have now collected back-to-back cleansheets to open the season for the first time since 2004.
- Score: Buffalo 1, Canisius 0
- UB Goal Scorers: David Enstrom (1)
- UB Assists: Russell Cicerone (2)
- Records: Buffalo (2-0-0, 0-0-0 MAC), Canisius (0-2-0, 0-0-0 MAAC)
- Location: Demske Sports Complex – Buffalo, NY
- Crowd: 823
- Buffalo: Alec Fisher, Daniel Cramarossa, Fox Slotemaker, David Enstrom, Steven Stryker, Russell Cicerone, Austin Place, Rikard Lindqvist, Scott Doney, Braden Scales, Joseph Kuta
- Canisius: Marco Trivellato, Lucian Preis, Bjarki Benediktsson, Alex Grattarola, Thomas Teupen, Mo Kretschmer, Melvin Blair, Hakeem Milson, Mathew Santos, Jake Montante, Eric Strauchen
How It Happened
- Canisius had the first opportunity of the match as Mathew Santos had a hard shot headed for the top corner but Joseph Kuta leaped up and poked the ball over the cross bar.
- In the fourth minute of action, Alec Fisher swung a perfect cross into the box where Russell Cicerone calmed the ball and ripped a shot that was blocked away by the Golden Griffin defender.
- Alec Fisher saw his hard low shot just miss the right corner of the net in the seventh minute of action as UB was
- Joseph Kuta was asked to make another diving stop to his right in the eighth minute and he was up to the test, pushing the shot out of play for a corner.
- In the 17th minute, Joseph Kuta made a huge diving stop to his left on a Mathew Santos shot to keep the game scoreless.
- The Golden Griffins got a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box in the 25th minute but Melvin Blair's shot went sailing over the cross bar and out of play.
- The Golden Griffins got away with a pair of fouls in the box on Russell Cicerone late in the first half and in turn Cicerone was handed a yellow card for arguing the plays.
- The Bulls had their first shot on goal of the match in the 43rd minute as Braden Culver stole the ball from the Canisius midfielder, made a great deke and pounded a left-footed shot that the Canisius keeper got a finger on diving to his right and poked out of play.
- Russell Cicerone had a header chance in the 50th minute that just went wide, keeping the game scoreless.
- The Bulls had a great chance in the 62nd minute as Rikard Lindqvist drew a foul just outside the box, giving UB a free kick. On the ensuing free kick, Russell Cicerone's hard low shot was blocked by the Canisius wall.
- Joseph Kuta made the best play of the match in the 71st minute as he dove and poked away the ball right before Melvin Blair was able to get off the shot into the open net.
- Buffalo broke through with the eventual game-winner in the 81st minute as Rikard Lindqvist sent a great corner into the box where Russell Cicerone tried a bicycle kick towards the net that found David Enstrom who buried his first career game-winner into the back of the net.
- The UB defense hung tough in the final nine minutes and didn't allow the Golden Griffins to record a shot on goal.
Inside The Numbers
- The Bulls have now won two straight matches against the Golden Griffins to retain the Big 4 Shield. The Bulls own the 28-10-6 all-time series record against Canisius.
- Canisius held the 18-11 edge in shots for the match but the Bulls owned the 6-4 lead in the second half.
- Canisius owned the 8-4 lead in corner kicks for the match.
- The game-winning goal for David Enstrom was his second career goal and first career game-winner.
- With an assist on Enstrom's goal, Russell Cicerone now has 15 career assists. He is tied for seventh on the all-time assists list with Lee Catchpole (2004-08).
- Russell Cicerone has recorded 12 points through two matches, the most points through two games in program Division I history for the Bulls.
- Joseph Kuta finished off his fifth career shutout and has started 2016 off with a shutout streak of 180 minutes. He closed out the match with five saves.
- Russell Cicerone led all UB players with four shots while Braden Culver had two shots off the bench for the Bulls.
For The Foes
- Melvin Blair led the Golden Griffins with five shots in the game.
- Mathew Santos finished off his strong game with three shots on goal in the loss.
- Between the pipes, Marco Trivellato made one save and allowed one goal.
- The Bulls will return home on Friday, September 2 as they welcome Stony Brook to UB Stadium for a non-conference match. Kickoff Friday is set for 10:00 am as the UB football team will open their season at UB Stadium later that night against Albany.