Pioneers nipped by Crusaders 2-1

Sept. 14, 2004

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (September 14) - The Sacred Heart University men's soccer team suffered another setback on the young season, failing to hold a 1-0 halftime lead to lose at the hands of the Holy Cross Crusaders in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon.

In a game where possession in the attacking zone was limited, Sacred Heart jumped out to a 1-0 first half lead in the 27th minute. Sylvester Kaar (Haward, CA) was able to get in behind the Crusader defense and sent a shot from the edge of the box past Holy Cross keeper Richard Whipple. Sacred Heart would have a chance to extend the lead later in the half, only to see Tony Allegro (Enfield, CT) have a sure goal cleared off the line by the stingy Holy Cross defense. Holy Cross would level the score in the 53rd minute when Kevin Leonard would set up Josh Trott for the equalizer. Sacred Heart once again had an opportunity to score, but once again the Holy Cross defense would clear a ball off the line, this time off the foot of Carlos Caracas (West Haven, CT).

The Crusaders would score the eventual game winner in the 75th minute when William Walker fed Chidrebere Okpoebo in the six-yard box who sent a shot to the far side of Pioneer goalkeeper Matthew Weston (Storrs, CT) for the 2-1 lead. The Pioneers were unable to mount any real pressure until a deep throw in and corner kick with less than one minute to play.

The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-5 on the season, while raising the Crusaders to 3-1. Weston made five saves on the game for Sacred Heart, with Whipple making three for Holy Cross.

Sacred Heart returns to action this Friday, September 14 when they host the Maine Black Bears at 3:30 on Campus Field.