The Canisius College women's soccer team will look for their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win this weekend, as the team travels to Iona and Fairfield. The Golden Griffins open the weekend against host Iona on Friday afternoon at Mazzella Field. After Friday's matchup with the Gaels, the Griffs will head west to face the Fairfield Stags on Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Griffins were swept by Marist and Siena to open MAAC action this past weekend. In their conference homeopener against reigning MAAC Champion Marist, the Griffs dropped a 1-0 decision to the visiting Red Foxes. After playing to a scoreless first-half, the Red Foxes took control of the contest after halftime. Placing pressure on the Griffs' end for most of the second half with a pair of chances ringing off the cross bar before capitalizing on an opportunity in the 56th minute off a corner kick. After playing a close first-half with the reigning MAAC Champion, the Red Foxes held an 8-1 shot advantage in the second half.
On Sunday, the Golden Griffins quickly found themselves trailing by the score of 2-0 in the first 12 minutes of play with a pair of goals deflecting off members of the Griff backline. Down by two, sophomore Megan Mahoney answered back with her own pair of goals, erasing the Saints' lead. With the scored tied up at two each, Siena would strike before the end of the half in the 34th minute. Riding the lead into the intermission, the Saints extended their two-goal lead in the 72nd minute off a free kick. The Griffs would answer back in the 77th minute with a goal from senior Brooke Bandazian. Mahoney record her fifth point of the day, assisting on Bandazian's tally. The Saints sealed the 5-3 victory in the 79th minute, as the Griffs struggled to generate offensive opportunities late in regulation.
(2-10-0, 0-2-0 MAAC)
AT IONA GAELS (3-6-2, 1-1-0 MAAC)
GAME #13: OCT. 5, 2012 • 3 P.M.
MAZZELLA FIELD • NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.
• After spending all of September on the road, Iona returns to Mazzella Field when they host Western New York squads Niagara and Canisius.
• In back-to-back shutout losses to Hartford and Loyola (Md.), the Gaels were outscored by a combined total of 6-0. Opening MAAC play on the road at Loyola (Md.), the Gaels were shutout by the score of 4-0. The Greyhounds and visiting Gaels recorded a combined 17 shots with the Greyhounds capitalizing on four of their 10 total shots.
• The Gaels would bounce back on Sunday with a 1-0 win over visiting Rider.
SERIES RECORD vs IONA: 5-10-1 (.344)
LAST MEETING vs IONA: T (2OT), 1-1, at Demske Sports Complex, (Oct. 30, 2011)
(2-10-0, 0-2-0 MAAC)
AT FAIRFIELD STAGS (5-3-2, 2-0-0 MAAC)
GAME #14: OCT. 7, 2012 • 1 P.M.
LESSING FIELD • FAIRFIELD, CONN.
• After nearly a month on the road, Fairfield returns home to Lessing Field for a pair of contest against Western New York opponents Niagara and Canisius.
• With wins over Rider and Loyola, the Stags current sit atop the MAAC standings. The Stags opened conference play with a 1-0 victory over the Broncs on Sept. 28 followed by a 2-1 win over the Greyhounds.
• For the first time since 2007, the Stags hold a 2-0 record in MAAC play. This marks the 13th time they have swept the opening weekend.
SERIES RECORD vs. FAIRFIELD: 9-13-1 (.413)
LAST MEETING vs. FAIRFIELD: L, 1-0, at Demske Sports Complex (Oct. 28, 2011)