Fairfield, Conn.– Sophomore Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) showed why she was recently voted MAAC Defensive Player of the Week and Quinnipiac Women's Athlete of the Month for September. Grodzki recorded her third and a half shutout on Wednesday evening as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team battled Fairfield to a 0-0 draw through double overtime at Lessing Field in Fairfield, Conn.
Quinnipiac moves to 2-4-3 overall, 2-0-2 in MAAC play, good for second place in the MAAC. They are one point behind 3-0 Monmouth in the MAAC. Fairfield moves to 6-4-1 overall, 2-0-1 in MAAC play, and remains one point behind the Bobcats for second place.
"It was a fantastic team performance and in the end I think we earned and deserved a draw and a clean sheet," said Head Coach Dave Clarke. "Natalia and the back four defenders were immense and did not deserve to concede a goal. Fairfield are the favorites to win the MAAC so to get a result at their ground is excellent."
Fairfield was voted first in the MAAC preseason poll while the Bobcats were voted eighth, however the match seemed like a battle between two first place teams from the start. In the first half Fairfield had eight shots, five of which were on goal, but Grodzki was able to handle them all. The Bobcats were able to get four shots off in the first half with three of them being on goal. Fairfield goalkeeper Kathleen Early (Rockville Centre, NY) would be equally unfazed and would make all three saves.
At the half the Stags held a 5-3 corner advantage but the score remained level at 0. The second half saw much of the same with Grodzki and Early making key saves as both teams would prepare for overtime. Late in the second half Grodzki made the save of the game. With Fairfield threatening to score Grodzki was able to use her foot to clear a Fairfield shot that was destined to be the difference in the game.
In the second half the Stags would have a 5-0 corner advantage, but were unable to get a shot past Grodzki.
Grodzki and Early each would record a save in the first overtime and were untested in the second overtime. Quinnipiac and Fairfield would have to settle for a draw and one point in MAAC play. With the tie the Bobcats become the first road team to take a point at Lessing Field this season. Fairfield had been 4-0 on the season at home coming into the game.
With the draw the Bobcats move to 1-0-1 all time against the Stags. The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they travel to New Rochelle, NY to take on Iona. Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Mazzella Field.
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