The Fairfield University men’s soccer team braved two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents in the past week. They first challenged the Marist College Red Foxes (5-6-0, 2-2-0 MAAC) on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in Poughkeepsie NY, but dropped the ball in overtime, 2-1. This was Fairfield’s seventh game to go into over-time in the past 11 contests. Later in the week, they hosted the Monmouth University Hawks (1-10-2, 1-4-1 MAAC) on Saturday, Oct. 19 where Fairfield picked up their first win, 3-1, since Sept. 24. The Stags’ overall record currently stands at 3-5-4, and 1-2-2 in the MAAC.
The scoring action was split between two halves. The two teams were fairly even in strength on Wednesday afternoon, when Marist only lead Fairfield in shots 12-5. Of those recorded, five were on target for the Red Foxes while Fairfield tallied one less at four.
Marist claimed the first 45 minutes, beating Fairfield to the board 21 minutes and 32 seconds into regulation tim,e although each team delivered an equal five shots toward goal. It took Fairfield almost 50 minutes to answer back and knot the score at one. The goal was credited to Diallo Simon-Ponte ‘20. He found the back of the net after he was able to take control of a helper from Daniel Raimondo ‘23. The Stags looked to keep the momentum going, but failed to edge Marist out with a lead.
Marist dictated the action in over-time, managing three shots. Fairfield was put on the defense and failed to resist the Red Fox’s pressure. At the 97 minute of the game, Marist claimed the win when Antek Sienkiel found the far right corner of the goal.
Fairfield returned to Lessing Field, hoping that the familiarity of their home-turf would yield better results than the previous match.
Again, Simon-Pointe made a notable showing with his second goal of the week which established a lead that Fairfield was able to sustain. The final two goals were credited to midfielder Santiago Gonzales ‘22, whose accuracy was instrumental in earning the Stags a mark in the win column. They were both in the second half, the first recorded at 46 minutes and 14 seconds, and then the second at 77 minutes and 12 seconds.
Rookie Joseph Lozowski started for the first time in his college-career and was Farfield’s best kept secret. He had a hand in all three of Fairfield’s goals and drove Fairfield to their first MAAC win of the 2019 season.
The Stags look for a repeat of this weekends success as they gear up to host the Manhattan College Jaspers (3-8-0, 2-3-0 MAAC) in Riverdale, NY on Wednesday, Oct. 23.