FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Set pieces were the key to a 2-1 overtime victory for Saint Francis (PA) over Sacred Heart at Campus Field, Friday night. The Pioneers unbeaten streak ended at five games as they fall to 8-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the Northeast Conference. The Red Flash improved to 7-3-1 overall and 3-0-1 in league play.
Just 2:30 into the extra frame senior Patrick Fleming took a direct kick for SFPA from the left side that deflected off of junior midfielder David Butler and past the SHU keeper for the game winning score.
Sophomore defender Marcello Castro (Parana, Brazil) put Sacred Heart on the board first in the 29th minute. Castro's goal, his team-leading fourth score of the season, was a direct kick bent softly to the left side of the goal.
In the 68th minute, Fleming answered with a free kick goal of his own to tie the game at one. The direct kick was taken from nearly 30 yards out and was scored to the lower left corner of the net. For Fleming, who entered the weekend leading the NEC with 19 points, it was his seventh goal of the season.
Saint Francis sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Valcicak stopped five shots to earn the victory. In net for SHU, junior Alex Fait (Ottawa, Ont.) went the entire game without making a save.
Sacred Heart is now 3-2-1 in overtime games this season. Sacred Heart dominated the shot chart by outshooting Saint Francis 18-10 for the game.
The Pioneers return to action on Sunday as they host Robert Morris for a 12:00 noon match-up.