The Fairfield University women’s soccer team won its fourth consecutive game, defeating Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) foe Canisius College 3-1 on Lessing Field Sunday afternoon. The victory improves the Stags to 7-3-2 overall and 4-0-0 in conference action, while the Griffs fall to 2-12-0 on the year and 0-4-0 in league play.
The Stags once again struck early, as Lauren Reilly netted the first tally 7:56 into the game. The senior midfielder was on the goal line to collect a rebound of a shot by Shannon Fay and put it into the back of the net. That was the only tally of the first-half, as Griffs keeper Megan Tock made seven of her eight saves in the opening period.
Reilly scored the Stags second goal just short of midway in the second-half. Fay crossed the ball across the top of the 18 towards the near side and Jessica Broadbent tapped it along to the foot of Reilly, who beat Tock to the opposite post. The 2-0 lead lasted only 59 seconds however as Mallory Illsley crossed the ball from the near sideline across the crease and Brianna Smith tapped it just inside the far post for the Griffs only goal of the game.
Erin Pettersen gave Fairfield a little breathing room in the 86th minute. Stephanie Sutherby punched a shot into the box that Tock came out to knock away, but it fell to Pettersen’s foot, and she was able to push it into the empty net.
Kathleen Early earned the win in net for the Stags, making four saves in her 90 minutes of action.
The Stags outshot Canisius 27-8 for the game and had all five of the games corner kicks. The Griffs were whistled for 15 fouls and no offsides, while the Stags committed three fouls and three offsides violations.
Fairfield is 4-0-0 in league play for the first time since 2002, a team that finished league play at 8-0-1.
The Stags embark on a four-game road swing on Friday, October 12, at Marist College, the only other unbeaten team in league play. That game is set for 7 p.m.