JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's men's soccer team was edged 2-0 by Fairfield University in a home MAAC contest on Wednesday evening. The loss dropped the Peacocks MAAC record to 1-2.
"A disappointing start to the game from us, as we loss focus on two key moments," said head coach Julian Richens. "We missed a penalty kick in the first half, which really would have gotten us back into the game. We tried to changes things in the second half, and had two goals disallowed which we will have to take a look at on video to see if they were legit goals or not."
The Peacocks entered the contest coming off of one of its best performances of the season, after defeating preseason MAAC favorite Monmouth in Saturday. The good play continued, but the result was not the same. In a match that was pretty much even all around, the Stags managed to find the back of the net twice while the Peacocks had several opportunities that were saved or disallowed.
After falling behind 2-0, a handball in the box by Fairfield resulted in a penalty kick from Reece Lambert that was stopped by a diving save by Stags keeper, Joe Martin. In the second half, Ezequiel Cei received a perfect pass in the box and attempted a header that was saved again by a diving Martin. Still trailing, the Peacocks had two more chances to score, but two offside penalties that resulted in disallowed goals at the 62nd and the 67th minute marks took away any chance at a comeback.
"We tried to work it and get ourselves back into the game, but wasn't successful" added Richens. "We will analyze it, move on, and try to get ourselves three points against Manhattan."
The Peacocks had a slight 8-to-7 shot advantage with five on goal to the Stags four on goal.
The Peacocks head across the Hudson to face Manhattan on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00pm.