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Fairfield Tops Women's Soccer, 3-1

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/07/2012
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The Canisius College women's soccer team closed out their current Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road trip by dropping a 3-1 decision to host Fairfield on Sunday afternoon at Lessing Field. The loss moves the Golden Griffins to 0-4-0 in the MAAC and 2-12-0 overall, while Fairfield remains unbeaten in league play at 4-0-0 and 7-3-2 on the season.

In back-to-back games, junior  Brianna Smith tallied the Griffs' lone goal as she holds her point streak intact. The junior added her sixth goal of the season off a team-high three shots.

The Stags struck early in the contest, scoring in the eighth minute. Parked on the goal line, Lauren Reilly knocked in a rebound off a shot by Shannon Fay to give the Stags a 1-0 lead.

The Stags' goal was the only tally of the opening half, as the Griffs' junior goalkeeper Megan Tock recorded seven of her eight total saves in the first period.

Over midway through the second half, the Stags extended their lead to 2-0 off Reilly's second goal of the contest in the 71st minute. The Stags' second goal would be scored off a cross from Fay inside the 18-yard box with Jessica Broadbent tapping it to Reilly for the Stags' second tally.

The Stags' two-goal lead would only hold for 59 seconds when Smith scored her sixth goal of the season. Crossing the ball from the near sideline through the crease, sophomore Mallory Illsley connected with Smith at the far post for the Griffs' lone contest of the game.

In the 86th minute, Erin Pettersen sealed the contest for the Stags. With Tock challenging a cross inside the box, Pettersen scooped up the loose ball before firing it into the empty net for the Stags' 3-1 lead and eventual win.

Tock finished with eight saves in the loss, while Fairfield goalkeeper Kathleen Early secured the victory on four saves.

After outshooting the Griffs by the total of 16-3 in the opening frame, the Stags would hold a 27-8 shot advantage in the contest.

The Blue and Gold return home to the Demske Sports Complex on Friday evening at 7 p.m. against MAAC opponent Saint Peter's, as the team celebrates Senior Day.

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