Women's Soccer Falls To Fairfield, 2-1
Sept. 5, 2004
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Freshman Britt Canfield (Granville, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season, but it was not enough for the University of Massachusetts women's soccer team to overcome a 2-0 deficit and it lost to Fairfield, 2-1, this afternoon. Sophomore goalkeeper Kristin Walker (Lincoln Park, N.J.) made two saves for the Minutewomen.
Down 2-0, UMass dominated the second half but was able to only get one of the goals back. Junior Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.) got the ball to the midfield circle and sent a through ball past the Fairfield defense. Canfield ran up to the ball, pushed it past Fairfield goalie Brett Maron who had come out to intercept and scored inside the far post at 63:40. For Canfield, it was her second goal of the season. Despite out-shooting Fairfield, 12-7 in the match, the Minutewomen were unable to get the equalizer.
"This is the best we have played in three games this season," said UMass head coach Jim Rudy. "We dominated them for the last 65 minutes. One of the positives has been the play of our six freshmen on the field. They are working very hard and carrying the team right now. This group of young players changed the pace of the gam and really made a difference."
Fairfield got on the board first as freshman Janna Breitenwischer took a long pass from classmate Jackie Thomson and put a low shot on goal, which was deflected by Kristin Walker to the far post. Junior Shannon Helm collected the rebound and lofted a shot over Walker, to take the 1-0 lead at the 11:46 mark.
After taking the 1-0 lead into the intermission, the Stags wasted no time in the second half, as Meghan King would score what would prove the game-winner at 47:03. King's goal was set up by Breitenwischer who ripped a shot from 20 yards out that deflected off the cross bar before King headed it into the back of the net.
UMass out shot the Stags 12-7 and held the advantage in corners 2-0.
Between the pipes, Maron posted six saves and allowed one goal while Walker made two saves and allowed two goals.
Massachusetts returns to action Sunday, Sept. 12, with a 1:00 p.m. game at New Hampshire.