FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart men's soccer team improved to 2-0 in the Northeast Conference on Sunday with a 2-0 decision over St. Francis (NY) on Campus Field. The Pioneers outshot the Terriers 12-7 while junior Alex Fait (Ottawa, Ont.) needed to make just two saves in earning the shutout victory in goal.
The Pioneers (7-2-0, 2-0-0 NEC) got on the scoreboard in the 29th minute as sophomore forward Brian Francolini (Ellington, CT) scored his third goal of the season. Graduate student Patrick Daka (Chingola, Zambia) dribbled up the right sideline and sent a cross in to the box for Francolini. Francolini's first attempt was saves, but he immediately rebounded to put the ball in the net.
SHU made it 2-0 in the 77th minute when freshman midfielder Konstantino Dekaneas (Ancaster, Ont.) headed his first career goal, coming unassisted. Dekaneas received the ball off a free kick taken by Francolini that was deflected in the box and caromed off the crossbar.
On the season, the Pioneers are 5-0 at home and have won each of their last three contests.
Sacred Heart's best offensive opportunity of the first half came in the 21st minute when freshman midfielder Marcelo Simoes (Ouro Fino, Brazil), deep in the left corner, directed a pass to the top of the 18 where senior midfielder Mario Mililli (Shelton, Conn.) blasted a shot over the goal.
The Pioneers held a 12-7 advantage in shots for the game. St. Francis (NY) attempted seven corner kicks, as opposed to just one by SHU. Between the pipes for the Terriers, junior Curtis Julien also made a pair of saves.
The Pioneers will hit the road next weekend for a pair of NEC match-ups at Mount St. Mary's on Friday, October 8th and at Monmouth on Sunday, October 10th.