The Fairfield University (6-3-2, 3-0-0) women’s soccer team went 1-0-0 this past week, taking on two tough Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference competitors in stride.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, they started their road trip in Jersey City, NJ on the home turf of the Saint Peter’s University Peacocks (3-7-0, 1-2-0). The two MAAC teams have a long history, where the Stags have remained unbeaten against the Peacocks in 28-straight contests. The game prolonged that streak, when it resulted in a whopping five-goal shutout in favor of Fairfield. Each goal of the night was credited to a different Stag, proving that their offense was solid throughout.
Junior Liz Dumas, Brooke Jones ‘23 and Brooke Hernon ‘22 were the three players donning red who picked up both a goal and an assist a piece. Dumas started the scoring 13 minutes into the first period, netting her sixth goal of the season. This goal would be Dumas’ sixth of the season, tying with Iona University’s Amber Crispin for first place in goals scored in the conference. Later on, with almost 33 minutes on the clock, Dumas pocketed her first assist when she worked with Hanley Courter ‘23 to set Jones up for a goal.
Period one wrapped up, leaving the home team 45 minutes to resolve a two-goal deficit. Hernon hustled to keep the score in Fairfield’s favor, tallying a match high of five shots, two of which were on target. She launched a shot from almost 40 yards away from the goal, which soared past St. Peter’s goalkeeper Victoria Scarratt, making the score 3-0. Scarratt was kept on her toes the entire game, facing 24 shots by a tireless attack while Fairfield’s goalie Gena Pike ‘23 only faced four.
Sophomore Stephanie Tsangaris scored at 57 minutes and 11 seconds on a pass by Jones. Senior Jenn Wahlig finished off the scoring with a goal helped by Gabby Diodati ‘21 76 minutes and 13 seconds into the game. Fairfield was able to defend their net until the final whistle, securing their fourth shutout of the 2019 season. They contributed to this statistic later in the week.
The team continued their jaunt to Buffalo, NY at Canisius College (6-5-0, 1-3-0) on Sat, October 5. The Stags subdued the Griffins by a narrow margin, with just a single goal scored in regulation time.
Brooke Jones excelled, as she had just a few days prior, and lead the group with four total shots, two shots on goal, and counted the only goal of the game just past the halfway mark of the first period. This would be her second game-winning goal of the season, the first being against Diodati set up Jones’ goal and the assist marked her sixth of the season, matching her career high. Diodati is currently ranked first in the MAAC for assists.
Jones was instrumental in her team’s pair of wins, and her performance earned her two MAAC weekly awards. She coined the title of co-offensive player as well as rookie of the week.
The Stags will return to Lessing Field on Saturday, Oct. 12 against their inter-state rivals, the Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-6, 1-3), as they are slated to begin a three-game home-stand.