Last Sunday, the Fairfield women’s soccer team lost in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship to the fourth-seeded Rider University Broncs in a heartbreaking penalty kick result. The Broncs connected on all five of their chances to secure their first-ever MAAC Championship, sending Fairfield packing home.

To start this game off, both teams were even-keeled on offense, though Fairfield had a slight advantage. The Stags tallied more shots, but Rider was able to fend them all off.

Midway through the second half, Hollie Kelsh put the Broncs on the board to make the score 1-0 Rider. Though Karolyn Collins ‘16 hit the game-tying shot in the 82nd minute to make it a 1-1 contest, no more goals were scored throughout regulation as well as overtime. A number of injuries suffered by Stags throughout this contest limited them on offense. Both Torey Camporini ‘15 and Emma Pichl ‘15 were forced to sit for periods of time with nagging injuries, depleting their offensive firepower.

The 2014 season was the eleventh appearance in the MAAC Finals in program history and the second straight season for Fairfield. Collins, Michelle Kowalski ‘15 and Anna Borea ‘17 were named to the All-Tournament team. The team put together 14 victories, and tied for third best in a single season. In addition, Head Coach Jim O’Brien became the all-time leader in wins in program history and would finish the season with 105 career wins at Fairfield. The program also saw their 250th victory and enjoyed a very successful 2014 campaign.

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