STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's soccer team opened the 2013 season on Friday night, falling 2-0 to the Stony Brook Seawolves at LaValle Stadium.
Sacred Heart (0-1) had its first shot of the season almost eight minutes into the game when Aaron Burrell's (Tampa, Fla.) strike from inside the 18-yard box was stopped by Stony Brook (1-0) goalkeeper Jason Orban. The Pioneers had a corner kick in the 20th minute that resulted in a shot by Artur Jorge (Shelton, Conn.) that went wide. Stony Brook took over possession from there and, three minutes later, had a corner of their own. A mad scramble in the box led to a penalty kick opportunity for the Seawolves, which Alejandro Fritz converted to give Stony Brook a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.
Stony Brook continued to control possession, extending its lead to 2-0 in the 30th minute when Mario Mesen set up Favio Sbarra for his first goal of the match. Sacred Heart made a couple runs into the Seawolves' third late in the half but could not put a shot on net. The Pioneers were outshot 5-2 in the opening half.
Sacred Heart earned its second corner kick of the match less than two minutes into the second half, but Stony Brook cleared the ball out of danger without a Pioneer attempt on goal. The Seawolves had a chance to score on the counterattack, but Tucker Hackett (Madison, Conn.) stopped a Stony Brook header to keep the score 2-0. The Pioneers' best chance to get on the scoreboard came in the 72nd minute when Kieran Walsh (River Vale, N.J.) fired a shot from 25 yards out that went just wide of goal. Two minutes later, Jamal Vinson (Teaneck, N.J.) got free in the box but his shot on goal also went wide. That would be Sacred Heart's last shot in the match, as the Pioneers continually got into the attacking third but were held at bay by Stony Brook.
The Seawolves outshot Sacred Heart 8-5 for the match, putting five shots on goal to the Pioneers' one. Hackett made three saves for Sacred Heart in the game, as each team had a pair of corners.
Sacred Heart will play its home opener on Sunday, Sept. 1 when the Pioneers host the Siena Saints at Campus Field at 2 p.m.