Shanahan delivers with late strike; McQuaid edges Canisius

Brennan Shanahan (7) battles Rehn Pielechowski (13) during first-half action. Shanahan scored the game winner as McQuaid beat Canisius, 1-0. (Photo: NORMAN STREHLE)

By PAUL GOTHAM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Brennan Shanahan found the back of the net with 12:22 remaining, and the McQuaid Jesuit Knights went on to beat the Canisius Crusaders 1-0 Friday night in opening round action of the Catholic Cup.

Caden Kress flicked a Justin Larry cross to Shanahan waiting on the far post.

“Justin crossed it in and I saw Caden going toward it,” Shanahan explained. “I know he (Caden) always gets a head on it. Once I saw it coming, I said ‘I’m going to get this.'”

Shanahan one-timed a volley to beat Canisius keeper Cody Franklin at the near post.

 


“He’s always trying to give me those over-the-top passes,” Shanahan said of Kress. “Being able to get that one opportunity and being able to finish that’s what we’ve been working on all pre-season. They’re a great defense, but we came out on top.”

Canisius had a penalty kick opportunity with 6:10 remaining in the contest but could not convert. The Crusaders followed that with a series of three corner kicks that McQuaid keeper Carter Duncan and the Knights backline turned away.

Carter Duncan made six saves for the shutout.

 

“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was little kid,” Shanahan added. “I’ve known I was going to McQuaid my whole life. Being able to score in such a big environment like this at the Catholic Cup is awesome.”

McQuaid advances to play host Aquinas in Saturday’s final.

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