By: Colin Richey
The Griffins recorded a pair of ties this week against MAAC opponents. Both games were scoreless from both sides, with both teams playing a stingy defense that would not let up.
Last Saturday, Canisius faced off against Mount St. Mary’s. The Mountaineers were 1-3-5 entering the game, while the Griffins were 3-3-4. Despite registering 12 shots, 8 of which were on goal, Canisius couldn’t find their way on the scoreboard. Junior Tiana Fonoti led the team with 5 shots (2 on goal), while sophomore Emma Oliphant had the most shots on goal with 4 (on 4 shot attempts). Junior goalkeeper Jessica Jones recorded her first shutout of the season and the third of her career, although she didn’t face a single shot on net from Mount St. Mary’s. Even though the Mountaineers recorded 8 shots, none of them registered as on goal, making it a fairly easy day for Jones in net.
The lack of scoring for the Griffins continued in their next match, this time facing off against Siena. Once again, Canisius dominated in the shot category, generating 17 shots with 6 of them on net. Fonoti led the team with 6 shots (1 on goal), while Oliphant again led the team with 3 shots on goal (on 5 shot attempts). Jones recorded 6 saves against Siena to earn her fourth career and second consecutive shutout. Canisius has now shutout their opponent in each of the last three games. The Griffins also recorded their third game of the season with 15+ shots (the others being against St. Bonaventure and Rider), scoring a total of 3 goals within those three games.
The women’s soccer team now sits at 3-3-6 overall and 1-1-3 in the conference. Their next matchup is on Saturday October 8th at the Demske Sports Complex where the Griffins will take on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks at 1:00 PM. The game will also be “senior day” for the Griffs, where the team will honor seven student-athletes during a ceremony prior to the game.