Women’s soccer gets first loss after four games unbeaten

The Fairfield University Women’s soccer team suffered their first loss in their last five games last Friday night when they played at Fordham University.

With their winning streak coming to the end, the Stags drop to a record of 3-3-2 on the year.

The Stags out shot Fordham for the game, 13-10 and had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. However they seemed to have trouble capitalizing on those opportunities.

“I think we started off very well. We were able to create some good scoring opportunities but unfortunately couldn’t put any of them away. We gave up a goal on a very good corner kick and then gave up another shortly after. These two quick goals really put us back on are heals,” said coach Jim O’Brien when asked how he thought his team did Friday.

Fordham didn’t record a shot until the 35th minute, while the Stags had already taken six, and it was the Rams second shot that got them on the board.

Kristina Maksuti fed Maria Swift for a shot from 15-yards out to give Fordham a 1-0 lead. Annie Worden made it 2-0 just over four minutes later, collecting a rebound of a Kate McDonnell shot, for her first goal of the year.

Despite the loss Friday night, one bright spot for the Stags has been the fantastic play in goal from rookie Veronica Saez. Saez had some trouble against Fordham but overall has had a very good season.

When asked how he would assess Veronica performance so far this year O’Brien said, “Veronica has done very well especially based upon the fact she red shirted last year with an injury and we couldn’t really get to work with her much. She has made a great deal of progress; she is definitely ahead of schedule.”

The Stags open up their Metro Atlantic Athletic Confrence (MAAC) this Friday night when they take on Rider once again on the road. O’Brien has been doing a great deal of motivating his players through out the week.

“We have to do everything in our power to prepare ourselves for this opening road game,” said O’Brien. “We must be focused in practice, get some extra work outs in, and make sure players coming back from injury are ready to go.”

The Stags then continue their season on Sunday, when they travel to Loyola to cap off the weekend.

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