Fairfield scored two late goals - one with 2:15 remaining in regulation and one with 1:25 left in the second overtime - to steal a 2-1 victory from the Canisius College men's soccer team. The Stags extended their winning streak to four games with the victory, improving to 4-4-0 and 3-0-0 against MAAC foes, while the Griffs drop to 3-7-1 on the season and 1-1-1 in conference play.
"I thought we competed well for the entire game tonight but two lapses in concentration cost us from getting any points," said Canisius head coach Dermot McGrane. "In MAAC contests, every team is going to play to the final whistle and we need to do a better job of understanding the pressure that is coming toward us, keeping our composure and not allowing a goal."
The Griffs had a number of chances early but couldn't find the back of the net. In the first half, Canisius ran down the field with a 2-on-1 break but junior Regan Steele had his attempt stopped to keep the game scoreless.
Sophomore defender Robbie Ryan finally put the Griffs ahead with just 3:43 remaining in regulation when he tallied his first collegiate goal. The sophomore buried a shot off a corner kick from junior Jared Ott as Canisius neared its first-ever victory in 11 tries at Fairfield.
The Stags answered back, however, squeaking in an equalizer just 88 seconds following the Canisius tally. The Fairfield goalkeeper Michael O'Keeffe started the run toward the tying goal, clearing the ball to Jack Burridge, who then sent a long pass into the box. Jon Clements then finished, sending the contest into overtime.
Canisius once again had a golden opportunity to reclaim the lead in the first overtime but could not take advantage. Freshman Asani Samuels found himself open in front of the goal but the rookie slipped as he went up for the ball and his shot sailed high of the net.
Fairfield took advantage and once again struck late, this time to earn the victory in the second overtime. With just 85 ticks left in the extra session, Jordan Ayris netted the game-winning tally after a pass from Burridge as Canisius narrowly missed gaining their first-ever point at Fairfield.
The Stags held a slight advantage in shots on the evening, 11-10. O'Keeffe recorded five saves for Fairfield to earn the victory, while sophomore netminder Ryan Arvin posted four saves for the Griffs.
Canisius looks to rebound on Sunday afternoon, playing at nationally-ranked Iona. The Griffs and the 18th-ranked Gaels are set to square off at 1 p.m.