30 Oct Women’s Soccer Hosts Fairfield for MAAC Quarterfinal
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY – No. 3 Niagara will host No. 6 Fairfield Sunday in the quarterfinal round of the MAAC Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament. The match between the Purple Eagles and Stags will kickoff at 1 p.m. from Niagara Field.
Last Time vs. Fairfield
• Niagara defeated Fairfield 3-2 on Oct. 2 in the team’s regular-season matchup.
• The Purple and White scored two goals in the first half, one by Emma Bough and Maia MacLean.
• Emma Davies found the back of the net in the second half to give Niagara a 3-1 advantage in the 54th minute.
• Fairfield would score once in the final 10-minutes of play, but the Purple Eagles would hang on for the 3-2 win.
• Niagara has been led by junior Florence Vaillancourt, who has a MAAC-best 13 goals coming into Sunday’s contest. She also leads the conference in points with 36 and game-winning goals with five.
• The Quebec City, Quebec native is also second in the MAAC in assists, registering 10 helpers in 16 games played.
• Vaillancourt is 14th in the nation in assists (0.62), 10th in goals (0.81) and third in points (2.25) per game, while also ranking second in shot accuracy (0.721), 11th in total assists (10), eighth in total goals (13), and second in total goals (36).
• Junior Djeynaba Thiam provides a spark off the bench for the Purple and White. This season, Thiam has scored all eight of her goals off the bench, including a two-goal game against Canisius on Oct. 20.
• Niagara freshman Maia MacLean has made an immediate impact on the pitch for the Purple and White, scoring seven goals and assisting on seven others.
• Niagara has gone with a one-two punch in goal, with freshman Felicia Grufman getting 973:06 minutes of action and Clara Bornet playing in 565:04 minutes.
• Grufman has a goals against average of 1.20 and a save percentage of .717.
• All Niagara students will have free entry to Sunday’s match.
• Tickets for the event are 10 dollars for all adults and 5 dollars for seniors, students, and children under six.
• The MAAC has introduced a mobile ticketing process. Fans must have a mobile device to receive their ticket after purchase. All purchases must be via credit or debit card – cash will not be accepted.
• For tickets, visit maacsports.com
The winning team will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 4, against the winner of the Quinnipiac, Marist match.
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