NEW ROCHELLE, NY. - The Niagara women's soccer team were unable to complete the comeback against the Iona Gaels and dropped a 2-1 decision on Sunday afternoon.
After the Purple Eagles (6-7; 1-3 MAAC) evened the game at one in the opening stages of the second half, sophomore Melissa Fredrick gave Iona (5-6-2; 3-1 MAAC) its second lead of the game in the 73rd minute of play and the Gaels held onto the advantage for the victory.
With less than two minutes played in the conference matchup, the Gaels were the first to get on the board as sophomore Safi Ayinde tallied her first goal of the season. NU finished the first half with a slim seven to six advantage in shots, while rookie keeper Claire Feiertag made three saves.
Niagara increased the pressure on Iona following intermission and its efforts paid off in the 56th minute. Sophomore Haillie Price tallied her third goal of the season off an assist from Michaela DiFazio.
Feiertag finished the game with three saves.
The Purple Eagles continue conference play next weekend when they welcome the Manhattan Jaspers on Friday, Oct. 12 and the St. Peter's Peacocks on Sunday, Oct. 14.