Around the conference: Women’s soccer

Tanner Harding

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Courtesy: Monmouth Athletics

Courtesy: Monmouth Athletics

With conference play yet to begin, the women’s soccer teams of the MAAC have been gearing up for conference games by playing against non-conference teams across the country. Some teams, such as Monmouth and Fairfield have fared well, while others have not had as much success.

Monmouth’s record is currently 3-2, winning its last two games while shutting out its opponent in both games. The Hawks defeated Seton Hall 1-0 and New Jersey Institute of Technology 2-0.  Goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino, a graduate student, was in net for Monmouth for both shutouts.

The Fairfield Stags have played four games, with the team’s only loss coming against Rhode Island. Senior Ashley Small and sophomores Cassidy Boejel and Brenna Brown are leading the way offensively with two goals each for Fairfield. The Stags are currently 3-1 on the young season.

Although Niagara has only played two games, they have gotten off to a perfect start. They’re undefeated so far, and junior goalkeeper Claire Feiertag has only allowed a single goal this season. Her save percentage is currently sitting at .900.

Rider is also reaping the benefits of good goalkeeping. They have a 2-1 record, with their only loss coming in OT against Fairleigh Dickinson. Sophomore goalkeeper Bethany-May Howard is averaging less than one goal allowed per game. Meanwhile junior Tara Ballay is leading the way offensively with two goals in three games.

Iona, Manhattan, and Marist all have even records so far. Iona goalkeeper Lauren Ferris has posted two shutouts to give her team a 2-2 record in out of conference play. Manhattan, another team with a 2-2 record, has been led offensively by senior Aislinn McIlvenny who has three goals in four games. Marist, who has only played two games, got their win while visiting UMass Lowell, after getting shutout by Seton Hall.

Canisius, Saint Peter’s, Siena, and Quinnipiac have not fared so well in non-conference play. Canisius is currently 1-3, with their only win coming in a double overtime game against Roberts Wesleyan College. The team is traveling to California for their next two games where they will try to get back on track. Saint Peter’s is 0-3 so far this season. The team has been shutout in all three of the losses. Siena is 1-3 with their win coming against Stony Brook. Senior goalkeeper Taylor Booth has been in net for all four games this season for Siena. Quinnipiac is 0-3 thus far, having yet to score a goal being shutout 1-0 in all three losses.

Conference play begins on September 18th when Saint Peter’s plays host to Canisius.