Buffalo, N.Y. - The Canisius College women's soccer team concluded the 2011 regular season, tying MAAC opponent Iona, 1-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. On Senior Day, it was fitting for senior midfielder Jenny Griffin to assist on fellow senior forward Kelly Reinwald's game-tying goal in the 72nd minute.
Facing a 1-0 deficit off an earlier penalty kick, the Golden Griffins (8-7-3, 3-3-3 MAAC) used a close chance half way through the second half to set up the game-tying goal. Off a corner kick by Kelly Reinwald in the 68th minute, sophomore back Adrianna Suk came within a foot of tying the contest, as she sent her shot a touch wide of the right post.
Following a goal kick by Iona (5-10-2, 4-3-2 MAAC) goalkeeper Trista Rivera, the Golden Griffins gained possession of the loose ball. With Canisius coming down the middle of the field, Jenny Griffin slid the ball over to an open Kelly Reinwald. Reinwald took a few steps towards the net, pulling Rivera out of position, before burying the shot past the goalkeeper to tie the contest at 1-1 in the 72nd minute.
To start the contest, the Golden Griffins came close to grabbing the lead in the 12th minute. An Iona defender was forced to make a team save, heading a shot by Reinwald out of the net to keep the contest scoreless.
After Reinwald's near goal, Iona was awarded a penalty kick after a Gael was tripped up inside the box on what would have have been a breakaway on senior goalkeeper Caroline Robert.
The Gaels elected back Laura Jackson to take the penalty kick, as Jackson's goal sailed into the top right corner of the net to give the Gaels a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
The Golden Griffins had a pair of chances to tie the contest in the time remaining in the first half. In the 26th minute, Jenny Griffin sent a low ball towards the left corner from six yards out with Rivera making the stop to keep the Gaels in the lead. The Griffs' second chance came in the 35th minute, as Reinwald rang a shot off the crossbar.
In over 98 minutes of action, Robert recorded two saves before giving way to junior Megan Tock, who finished the game in net for the Golden Griffins. Tock was only forced to make one save in over 11 minutes. Tock took the decision, for her third tie of the season.
Canisius outshot Iona, 23-14, in the contest. Reinwald accounted for 11 of the Griffs' shots, a career high for the senior. Iona was led by Nicole Paulucci with four shots.
Prior to today's contest, the Golden Griffins celebrated the careers of six seniors. Joining fellow seniors Kelly Reinwald, Jenny Griffin, and Robert were backs Kate Sloane, Christina Franceschi, and Dina Gabrielli.
NOTES: Three of the last four games for the Golden Griffins finished in double overtime... The Griffs' set the program mark for most ties (4) following today's outcome... Kelly Reinwald finishes her career as the program's all-time leader in career points (107) and assists (35)... With 18 career assists, Jenny Griffin finishes her career tied for ninth with former Griff Hope Suthers (1988-91) on the program's list for most career assists.