Canton, NY – Nick Escalante (Whittier, CA) found the back of the net twice and goalkeeper Evan Drew (Elizabethtown, NY) stopped all six shots he faced including a penalty kick as the SUNY Canton men's soccer team defeated visiting Alfred University, 2-0, Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Kangaroos to 1-2, while the loss drops the Saxons to 1-3.
The Roos got the scoring started early on in the 7th minute taking advantage of an Alfred defensive miscue. Hunter Mowery (Elizabethtown, NY) played the ball up the center of the field as Escalante sprinted after it just outside the penalty box. Saxon keeper Matthew Unick came charging off his line but couldn't attack the ball with his hands as it was just outside the 18 yard mark. He attempted to clear the ball with his feet but missed as Escalante took advantage and found the open net for the early 1-0 edge.
There would be other opportunities throughout the opening period as Alfred had a number of quality balls played into the box but the Canton defense was up to the task as the back line stood strong clearing any chances away. The Roos held a 5-3 shots on goal advantage in the opening period.