FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Senior co-captain Lusiano Dadario (East Haven, Conn.) tallied the game winning score in a 2-1 victory for the Sacred Heart men's soccer team on Campus Field, Sunday afternoon. Dadario also set up an early score for the Pioneers as they took down Robert Morris to improve to 9-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the Northeast Conference.
In the eight minute sophomore defender Marcello Castro (Parana, Brazil) played a ball to classmate Justin Brewer (Somers, Conn.) who flicked it on, with his head, to Dadario. Dadario dribbled in to the RMU box where he was taken out by a Colonial defender. Senior co-captain Mario Mililli (Shelton, Conn.) took the ensuing penalty kick and buried it into the net for the first score of the game.
Robert Morris answered less than a minute later with the equalizing score coming off of the foot of freshman Luca Campos.
Dadario's game winner was set up by sophomore Brian Francolini (Ellington, Conn.) who carried the ball up the right sideline and sent a cross toward the RMU box where Dadario headed the ball into the net for his second score of the season.
The Colonials had several opportunities to tie the game at two. Trailing by one late in the first half, senior midfielder Tyler Solis took a free kick from the right side that was blasted just inches above the crossbar from the head of classmate Justin Turnley. At the 82:46 mark freshman Daniel Calabretta ripped a shot from 25 yards out, but was denied by SHU junior goalkeeper Alex Fait (Ottawa, Ont.). Fait made a leaping stop by punching the ball over the crossbar.
In the 88th minute, Robert Morris junior defender Max Shinsky attempted to pass the ball to sophomore goalkeeper Toba Bolaji. Caught off guard, Bolaji had to make a diving save to keep the Colonials within one.
Fait totaled three saves to give the Pioneers the victory. For RMU, Bolaji stopped four shot. Sacred Heart outshot Robert Morris 14-9 on the afternoon.
The Pioneers return to action next Friday as they visit in-state rival Quinnipiac at 3:00 pm.