On Wednesday, Sept. 27, fans packed the stands to watch their Fairfield Stags take on the Bobcats from Quinnipiac University. Quinnipiac came to play and was visibly dominant from the start, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of play. The Stags lost by a final of 2-0, dropping to 4-6 overall on the season.
The Bobcats first goal came 30 seconds into the game. A cross to the middle was placed to the left of the net to put the Stags in a 1-0 hole. Several minutes later, a Fairfield turnover in their own end lead to Quinnipiac upping their lead to 2-0.
The Stags seemed distraught after this, mad that they had just given up such a costly turnover. Unfortunately, Fairfield was never able to get anything going offensively. Quinnipiac had a solid defensive strategy swarming every Fairfield player as soon as they touched the ball in their zone. Of the five shots that Fairfield had on goal, all of them were directly at the Quinnipiac keeper. The Stags attack had little room to operate in the Bobcats’ part of the field.
The Stags played solid defense the next 85 minutes though, not letting their crosstown rival put another goal on the scoreboard. First-year Alex Madden had a solid game with four shots, three of which were on goal. On Wednesday, Sept. 27 was a night of firsts as Kiley Deignan ‘20 and Alexa DiComitis ’20 logged their first career minutes as Stags. Goalie Jenna Pike ‘18 had two saves in her first official start of the season.
Fairfield has faith that they can solve their offensive struggles and get back on the right track. They realize certain difficulties occur during a season and that they can recover from a tough loss like this. With six games left in the season, improving their spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings is a must.