The Canisius College women’s soccer team will open MAAC play Saturday in New Rochelle, N.Y. The Griffs are traveling to Iona for the first of its 10 conference games.
• Five different players recorded a point in Canisius’ last two games, with all four goals being scored different Griffs.
• Freshman midfielder Sabrina Fitzgerald, junior forward Mallory Illsley and sophomore forward Brittany Krause found the back of the net in the Griffs’ 3-0 win over Albany on Friday, Sept. 13.
• Brianna Smith scored in Canisius 2-1 loss against Akron.
Opening Day Success
• Canisius head coach Jim Wendling is 4-1 in conference openers since he took over the helm in 2008.
• The Griffs have outscored their opponents 11-5 in Wendling’s five previous MAAC openers.
• Brianna Smith is just one goal shy of tying Kelly Reinwald for second on the Griffs’ All-Time Goal Scoring list.
• Reinwald tallied 36 goals in her tenure.
• Smith has six goals this season.
Scouting the Gaels
• Iona currently sits at 1-5-2.
• Nicole Paulucci leads the Gaels in scoring, tallying two goals and one assist.
• Trista Rivera has played every minute in net for the Gaels, allowing 12 goals in eight games, while posting a 1.42 GAA and a .765 save percentage.
• This is the 26th meeting between the two schools.
• Canisius has played only three schools more in program history, St. Bonaventure (29), Buffalo (38) and Niagara (39).
• The Griffs have an 11-11-3 record against the Gaels.
• The teams last met on Oct. 5, 2012, with Iona taking the victory 2-1.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.