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Women's Soccer closes out the weekend with a win and a draw.

By Stephen Lapage, Contributor

The Canisius Women’s Soccer team traveled to Fairfield, Connecticut in hopes of capturing their sixth win of the season. The game was scoreless for 33 minutes, until sophomore Skylar Cornell fired the Griffs first shot on goal of the game. Cornell’s shot found its way past the Fairfield goalie to give Canisius the early lead. Neither team was able to find the back of the net again before halftime.

Both teams came out strong in the second half, fighting to score a goal in the contest, trading shots on net. Nevertheless, the game ended with a 1–0 Canisius win. Junior Jordan Spencer posted her sixth shutout of the season in goal, the most for any MAAC goalkeeper. Cornell’s goal ties her for the most on the team with freshman Nicki Silverman and junior Emma Oliphant. Canisius looked to carry this momentum as they headed back for a home game.

Coming off of a win against Fairfield, the Griffs headed back to Buffalo looking to extend their win streak to three games. Both Canisius and Siena took the pitch on a cold rainy day, as each looked to move up in the MAAC standings. The MAAC opponents battled up and down the field, trading chances throughout the first half. After many near chances, the teams went into halftime scoreless.

As rain fell, the teams entered the field in the second half looking to break the tie and capture the first lead of the game. Seven minutes and 59 seconds into the second half, Siena’s Iona Snape ripped a shot from the top of the box giving the Saints their first lead of the game. With 23 minutes left in the game, Canisius’ Sophia Konstantino kicked a ball from midfield that was settled and shot by Jessica Whitaker. Whitaker was able to beat the Saints netminder on her attempt, knotting the contest at one. The closest either team came to breaking the tie came in the 87th minute, when Griff Meghan Heath’s header hit the crossbar, and bounced away from the goal. The game ended in a 1–1 draw, marking the fifth tie of the season for Canisius.

The two teams have now tied in back to back years. With the draw, Canisius moved down to third in MAAC standings, standing behind Fairfield and Quinnipiac.

Next Saturday, the women's soccer team will host Mount St. Mary’s for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The game serves as the program's “pink game” for the season, a game in which the team emphasizes the need for fans to partake in wearing pink. With a win, the team would reach seven season wins for the first time since 2019.

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