SHU and Fairleigh Dickinson Battle to a 1-1 Draw

Simon Harrsen (6)
Simon Harrsen (6)

FAIRFIELD, CT (October 9, 2011) - The Sacred Heart men's soccer team battled the first place Fairleigh Dickinson Knights to a 1-1 tie on Sunday afternoon in a Northeast Conference battle on Campus Field.  SHU finishes the weekend with a pair of draws to bring their record to 1-1-2 in the NEC while FDU sees the first blemish on their league mark at 3-0-1.

The Pioneers (5-4-2, 1-1-2 NEC) held an 18-13 edge on shots and made FDU (7-2-2, 3-0-1) goalkeeper Jacob Lissek work to the tune of eight saves on the day.  The Pioneers would be the first to crack the scoreboard as they beat Lissek on a free kick in the 42nd minute.

Sophomore Omer Levy (Yahud, Israel) line up the free kick opportunity from about 50-yards out and drilled the ball to the near right post where junior Simon Harrsen (Almdorf, Germany) was able to get a perfect header off.  Harrsen place his shot over Lissek to the top left corner and a 1-0 lead with just three minutes left in the first half.

The Knights answered on a corner kick in the 69th minute on a blast by Miguel Escobar.  Junior Jack McVey sent his corner into the middle of the box where Escobar settled and blasted a shot that beat SHU keeper Alex Fait (Ottawa, Ontario) high to knot it at 1-1.

The two teams would trade offensive opportunties with the Pioneers getting three tremendous looks in the final 10 minutes of regulation.  Sophomore Marcelo Simoes (Ouro Fino, Brazil) blasted a shot off the left post in the 80th minute while junior Brian Francolini (Ellington, CT) had a pair of chances in the 85th and 86th minutes.

Francolini drove to the near left post and put a shot on goal forcing Lissek to make a diving save.  Francolini would make Lissek work again just a minute later, shooting to the far post again forcing the keeper to make the diving save.  The two teams would go to a pair of overtimes with Francolini again forcing Lissek to make a save to perserve the tie in the only solid chance in extra time.

The Pioneers remain home for their next four games starting next Friday, October 14th when they host Mount St. Mary's.