Cicerone’s Program Record Five Goals Lifts Bulls To Dominant Season Opening Win

Cicerone’s Program Record Five Goals Lifts Bulls To Dominant Season Opening Win

BUFFALO, NY – Behind a record-setting performance by senior captain Russell Cicerone, the University at Buffalo men's soccer team (1-0-0, 0-0-0 MAC) picked up a dominant 9-0 victory over Daemen College on Friday night in their season opener at UB Stadium. The packed stands witnessed history on Friday night as Cicerone set UB Division I program records for goals and points, finishing off his impressive night with five goals and an assist for 11 points in the win. Cicerone also became the first UB player in Division I history to record a hat-trick in a half, scoring three goals through the opening 45 minutes of play.

The Basics

Starting Lineups

How It Happened

  • The Bulls got their first shot on goal of the match in the fourth minute as Scott Doney redirected the Braden Scales cross right on net but Justin Figler got his right hand on the ball and kept the game scoreless.
  • In the eighth minute,
  • Daemen got their first shot of the match on a free kick as Logan Podrebarac ripped a shot that was saved
  • The Bulls got on the board in the 15th minute as Daniel Cramarossa sent a corner into the box where David Enstrom found the ball and fed Austin Place who buried the ball in the right corner of the net.
  • Reigning MAC Player of the Year Russell Cicerone got on the board with his first goal of the match in the 29th minute as he headed home a great cross from Austin Place.
  • Five minutes later, freshman Rikard Lindqvist sent a great corner into the box where Russell Cicerone came in with a flying header and buried his second goal of the match.
  • The Bulls extended their lead to 4-0 in the 40th minute as Steven Stryker fed Russell Cicerone for his third goal of the half as he beat the keeper to the right corner of the net. The first half hat-trick for Cicerone was the first in program history.
  • Just two minutes into the second half Braden Scales gave the Bulls the 5-0 lead as he netted a Russell Cicerone volley after a feed from Rikard Lindqvist.
  • Russell Cicerone then made it 6-0 as he took a feed from Rikard Lindqvist and calmly buried the ball into the lower right corner. Braden Scales also picked up an assist on the goal.
  • Vying for his program record fifth goal, Russell Cicerone was denied by goalkeeper Justin Gigler in the 57th minute on a penalty kick.
  • Three minutes later, Rikard Lindqvist buried his first career goal to give UB the 7-0 lead.
  • In the 81st minute, Russell Cicerone made history for UB as he buried his fifth goal of the contest, setting a program record for most goals in a game in Division I program history.
  • Sophomore Ryan Aspenleiter finished off the scoring in the 82nd minute as he took a Scott Doney feed and buried his first career goal into the right corner of the net. Aspenleiter's goal gave the Bulls a Division I program record for goals in a game with nine.

Inside The Numbers

  • The Bulls set a Division I program record for goals in a game with nine on Friday night. The Bulls also finished the game with 30 shots, their most shots in a match since 2006 when they notched a program-record 32 shots.
  • Senior Russell Cicerone set the Bulls Division I record for goals in a game with five and tied the program record for points in a game with 11.
  • With his 11-point effort, Russell Cicerone moved into 2nd place in program history for points in a career with 80, passing Mark Brown (1980-83). Cicerone is also tied for 2nd place in program history for goals in a career with 33.
  • With his assist on Braden Scales' goal, Cicerone moved into a tie for 8th place in program history for assists in a career with 14, tying Brian Knapp (2003-06).
  • Freshman Rikard Lindqvist finished off his impressive debut with a goal and three assists for five points, most points by a freshman in their debut in Division I history. His three assists also rank second in program history for assists in a game.
  • Senior defender Austin Place notched his first three-point game of his career. His goal was the second marker of his UB career and first career game-winner.
  • Senior Steven Stryker picked up his first career multi-assist game in the win.
  • Captain Braden Scales finished off his second career three-point match in the win as he collected a goal and assist.
  • Sophomore Ryan Aspenleiter netted his first career goal in the win.
  • Bulls held the 30-6 edge in shots and 19-1 edge in corner kicks for the match.

For The Foes

  • Ali Shawish and Logan Podrebarac led the Wildcats with two shots a piece in the loss.
  • Justin Figler finished off his night making nine saves.

Up Next

  • The Bulls will hit the road on Sunday to defend the Big 4 Shield as they go to Demske Sports Complex to take on the Canisius Golden Griffins. Game time is set for 6:00 pm on Sunday and the match will be aired live on Time Warner Sports.