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Womens Soccer earns three points in race for the MAAC Playoffs

By Andrew Crooks, Contributor

The Canisius University women’s soccer team was back in action twice this week with games against Mount St. Mary’s and Rider. These games were both very important for the Golden Griffins as they look to maintain one of the top spots in the MAAC heading into the remaining weeks of the regular season.

This past Saturday, Canisius beat the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers by a score of 1–0 at the Demske Sports Complex. The stellar defense of the Golden Griffins once again prevailed. The seventh shutout of the season from junior Jordan Spencer helped lead the team with a clean game from the back. Up front, the lone goal of the game came from sophomore Lizzy Harkness: her first goal of the season was scored in the 65th minute off of an assist from freshman Jessica Whitaker.

On Wednesday, the Golden Griffins played Rider in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. In a hard-fought game, the Rider Broncs ended up prevailing by a score of 1–0. Canisius outshot Rider on the day 22–6 with five more shots on goal. However, they could not seem to find the back of the net. Sophomore Mia Iacona led the team with eight shots on the day, with three on goal. Junior Emma Oliphant and sophomore Skylar Cornell had four and three shots, respectively.

After this week, the Golden Griffins have moved to 4–2–2 in the MAAC with a record of 7–3–5 overall. With one week left in MAAC play before the conclusion of the regular season, the Golden Griffins look to hold on to second place in the conference. They will travel to Poughkeepsie, New York to play Marist this Saturday before they finish the regular season at home versus rival Niagara.

Come out and support the Golden Griffins this Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Demske Sports Complex as they look to finish their season strong! If they can hold onto second place in the conference, Canisius will secure an in on the first round of the MAAC playoffs.

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