Oct. 1, 2011
A month ago, Siena Women's Soccer had its season opener called due to lightning. On Friday night, lightning again interrupted the Saints, this time causing a near two-hour delay. When play resumed, it was Fairfield that would strike, defeating the Saints 1-0 in the conference opener for both squads.
The game, which kicked off at 7 p.m. in Connecticut, was delayed in the 25th minute due to lightning. It wouldn't be until nearly two hours later, shortly after 9 p.m., that play would resume. When all was said and done, the contest lasted nearly three and a half hours from start to finish.
Unfortunately the night was made longer for the Saints (5-3, 0-1) when Fairfield's (3-2-3, 1-0) Ashley Small scored just before halftime. In the 41st minute, the Stags' Nikki Stanton chipped the ball over the Siena defense to Small who struck a shot inside the opposite post for the goal.
It would be all that Fairfield would need.
Siena struggled offensively, mustering just seven shots although six were on target. But Fairfield's Kelly Boudreau turned them all aside as the Saints were shutout for the first time in their last 15 matches.
Taylor D'Alfonso came off the bench to lead the Saints' offensively with three shots, all of which were on goal. The Stags however outshot the Saints 16-7. Siena's Laura Ettinger made six saves in suffering the defeat.
The Saints return to the pitch Sunday when they close out their three-game road trip with a noon kickoff at Iona.