Women’s soccer has day of firsts, picks up win

Behind a pair of first-career goals coming from Jen Romero and Tiana Fonoti, the Griffs picked up its first win of the season on Tuesday. (Canisius Athletics/GoGriffs)

Canisius women’s soccer was able to get off the schneid with their first win on the year against Iona on Tuesday afternoon. 

  Goalkeeper Jessica Jones’ two-save shutout of the Gaels (0-3-1) was one of many notable performances on the pitch. With this performance, she earned her first career win as a collegiate goalkeeper. More firsts for the Griffs (1-4) were on display as well as freshman forward Tiani Fonoti and sophomore forward Jen Romero each scored their first career goals in the victory, respectively. Romero and junior midfielder Hannah Morpurgo assisted on Fonoti’s goal, while sophomore midfielder Julia Schurr had the assist for Romero’s goal. Meanwhile, interim head coach Ryan Louis secured his first career victory.

Canisius dominated in the shot department with 14 total and eight being on target to Iona’s three total with two on net. Senior midfielder Maggie Canitia and Fonoti led the way with three shots each, while senior forward Shauna Lee had two of her own. 

“It was such a great feeling to have my first goal and assist, and it was even better that it led to our first win,” Romero said of her performance. “The win was very much-needed and we need to keep this momentum to win our next two games to have the chance to make it to the playoffs.”  

The next opportunity for a victory comes on Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m. when the Griffs host the Fairfield Stags. The Stags (1-1-1) are coming off of a 1-0 win versus Manhattan.

In order to qualify for the MAAC Tournament, the Griffs will be required to come out victorious in their next two outings before the tournament begins on April 9. It will be important to build off of this win for the same success to be possible.    

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