BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo men's soccer team began Mid-American Conference play Friday evening, losing 1-0 to Bowling Green (2-4-4, 1-1 MAC). Waleed Cassis made ten saves in the loss, in a match where the Falcons out-shot UB 17-7. The loss moves the Bulls record for the season to 1-7-3 (0-1 MAC).
"We got what we deserved, we played a team that was hungrier and they got a deserved win," head coach Stu Riddle said. "I think that in the eleventh game of the season everyone should know what's coming, and at halftime we challenged them to step up and we didn't do that."
The UB offense had a pair of early chances, with both of the game's shots on goal for the Bulls being made in the opening 25 minutes. Russell Cicerone had a straight-on shot in the 11th minute, but didn't drive through the ball as it sailed high over the top post. He would correct himself and put a cracking chance on frame in the 16th minute, but it was parried away for a corner kick. Nicolai Berry had the team's best chance of the game, as he drew the defense to his right side and whipped a left-footed shot on goal from 20 yards out. That too would be pushed aside, and UB would be limited to just two shots overall in the second half.
Cassis had a busy night controlling the free-swinging Bowling Green offense, starting with a pair of crucial saves in the opening 14 minutes. He would ultimately make four saves in the first half, and another six in the final 45 minutes before yielding a goal in the 81st minute. The ten stops for Cassis marks the first time since Oct. 13, 2012 that a UB goalie recorded double-digit saves - also coming against Bowling Green.
Next for the Bulls will be a road trip to Western Michigan, with coach Riddle making a return to face his former team. The Saturday kickoff will be at 1 pm.