The Canisius College women's soccer team was unable to rally back from a two-goal deficit in their second consecutive MAAC contest, falling to host Iona by the score of 2-1 at Lessing Field on Friday afternoon. The Golden Griffins fall to 0-3-0 in MAAC play and 2-11-0 overall, while the Gaels improve to 2-1-0 in the conference and 4-6-2 overall.
Junior Brianna Smith scored the Griffs' lone goal of the contest for her fifth tally of the season. Smith and junior Kelly McMahon shared the team lead in shots with four each. Sophomore Megan Mahoney assisted on Smith's goal to keep her point streak intact, recording six points in the past two games.
For the second consecutive contest, the Griffs trailed a conference opponent by a pair of goals. In the 76th minute, Smith split the Gaels' lead in half to 2-1. Taking a lead pass from Mahoney outside the six-yard box, Smith rolled towards to the left side before beating both Iona's last back and goalkeeper.
After erasing Siena's two-goal lead in their previous contest on Sunday, the Griffs were unable to this time around. In the final 14 minutes of regulation, the Griffs only managed one shot on goal by freshman Brittany Krause.
Following a scoreless first-half, the Gaels struck in the first minute of play after the break. On the first play of the half, Iona jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute. With the Gaels attacking, Sali Ayinde fed Nicole Paulucci inside the six-yard box with Paulucci redirecting the shot in for the lead.
The Gaels pushed their lead to 2-0 in the 55th minute, as Samantha Fiorenzo scored her third goal of the season. Straight on from 15-yards out, Fiorenzo blasted the shot in off a pass from Paulucci, who recorded her third point of the day.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Tock registered ten saves in the loss, the fourth time she has collected double-digit save totals this season. Iona goalkeeper Trista Rivera made four stops on the day.
In a hard-fought contest, Iona outshot the Griffs, 17-13. Although the Griffs have struggled offensively in the second half of previous contests, the Gaels only managed to hold a 7-6 shot advantage. In the contest, Iona finished with a 17-13 shot advantage.
The Blue and Gold return to the pitch on Sunday afternoon to face host Fairfield at Lessing Field with game time set for 1 p.m.