JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Iona College women's soccer program fell on the road to the Saint Peter's Peacocks on Saturday afternoon, 2-1. Junior Ciara Guglielmo gave the Gaels the lead in the first half but a pair of second half goals resulted in the Maroon & Gold being officially eliminated from Metro Atlantic Athletic Championship postseason.
Iona took a 1-0 lead in the 39' with Guglielmo scoring her second goal of the season. Rookie Jackie Morris fed it to Guglielmo at the top of the box and finished inside the near post. It is Morris's first assist of the season.
The Gaels had an 8-5 shot advantage in the first half. Freshman keeper Emma Havrillamade two saves of the opening 45 minutes. Saint Peter's goalie Victoria Scarlett made three of his six total saves in the first.
The Peacocks opened up the offensive floodgates in the second half as they outshot the Maroon & Gold, 11-4. While three of Iona's shot were on goal, Saint Peter's scored twice within three minutes to eventually earn the victory.
The first goal for the Peacocks came in the 49'. Mia Green scored her second of the season off a free kick that was put into a danger area of Brooke Trotta. Then in the 52', Barbara Paiva put home her first, the game-winner, by beating a defender and sniping one inside the right post.
Redshirt Freshman Mackenzie Meixner and graduate student Christine Rebus each had a shot on goal over the final 18 minutes but it was not enough.
With the loss, the Maroon & Gold are officially eliminated from postseason play.
The season finale is against Monmouth in West Long Branch, NJ on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The game is being broadcasted on ESPN+.
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