Women's Soccer Clinches MAAC Playoff Spot with 2-2 tie of Fairfield

Nov. 2, 2007

Box Score

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield University scored twice in the final 25 minutes of regulation to tie Loyola College, 2-2, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Friday night.

The win assures the Greyhounds (7-5-5 overall, 4-0-4 MAAC) a spot in the four-team MAAC playoffs. Loyola has 16 points in the standings, while Marist College has 19, and Fairfield is second with 17.

Siena is fifth with 15, while Niagara is sixth with 14. The Saints and Purple Eagles play on Sunday, meaning that only one of the teams would be able to catch Loyola in the standings.

Christina Gomez put the Greyhounds ahead, 1-0, in the 29th minute. She flicked a perfect header past Fairfield goalkeeper Brett Maron off a corner kick by Lina Staropoli.

Lea Day's unassisted goal in the 57th minute gave Loyola a 2-0 advantage. Day dribbled from the near sideline, across the 18 and drove the ball into the goal.

Fairfield, however, continued to put on the offensive pressure. The Stags outshot Loyola, 8-4 in the first half, and 22-13 in the game.

Janna Breitenwischer closed the deficit to 2-1, off an assist from Casey Frobey in the 67th minute.

The Stags (10-6-3, 5-1-2) scored the equalizing goal in the 85th minute, as Alex Caram dribbled across the top of the box and scored for Fairfield.

Loyola outshot the Stags, 4-3, in the two overtime periods, but neither team could find the goal.

Fairfield had the best opportunity in the overtime period, as Ahna Johnson took a 1-on-1 opportunity against Loyola goalkeeper Brittany Henderson, who made right-handed save. The Stags gathered the rebound and had a shot that hit the post.

Henderson made 13 saves in goal for the Greyhounds. Breitenwischer's goal was the first against Loyola by a MAAC opponent this season and snapped a 766-minute, 14-second scoreless streak.

Fairfield also snapped Loyola's streak of seven-straight shutouts, the third-longest mark in school history.

The Greyhounds wrap-up their regular-season with a 12 p.m. game at Iona on Sunday, November 4.