Sept. 23, 2009
Fairfield, CT - Adelphi used three goals in the second half to defeat the Sacred Heart men's soccer team 3-0 Wednesday afternoon on Campus Field. The Panthers were led by freshman Issa Tall who converted on a penalty shot and tallied two goals and an assist. Adelphi goaltender Thorne Holder made three saves and recorded his second shutout of the season. Alex Fait (Ottawa, Canada) made six saves for the Pioneers in the loss.
Adelphi (4-1-2) controlled the pace of the game early earning three corner kicks in the first ten minutes, and seven total in the first period. The first shot on goal of the contest came fifteen minutes in as Tall ripped a shot that Fait deflected over the crossbar.
Sacred Heart (2-2) had its best scoring chance of the half as Sergio Freitas'(Edison, NJ) shot from just inside the penalty box was blocked. Adelphi almost pulled ahead with 7:30 to play in the half as Alexander Kouznetsov stung a low shot from 25 yards out that forced Fait to make a diving save. Koutnetsov was stoned again by Fait three minutes later on a free kick from just outside the penalty box to keep the game scoreless going into the intermission.
The Pioneers came out firing in the second half and nearly notched the opening goal just 1:45 into the second stanza. Brian Francolini (Ellington, CT) had a shot from close range but could not convert on the tough angle. Adelphi would break through in the 59th minute to take a 1-0 lead on a goal from Michael Aquino who blasted a shot into the left side of the net after a crossing pass from Tall.
A red card to Nemanja Filimonovic just 23 seconds after the goal would force SHU to play down a man for the rest of the game. The Panthers nearly added another tally on a header from Ryan Vulin after a corner kick but Jesper Fredriksson (Gothenburg, Sweeden) made the defensive save to keep the score at 1-0.
The Panthers kept the pressure on and a foul would get the Pioneers in trouble again as Adelphi was awarded a penalty kick with 20 minutes to play. Tall put the ball over Fait's right shoulder and into the back of the net for his first marker of the day. Tall struck again on an assisted goal just 46 seconds later to extend the Panther lead to 3-0.
Sacred Heart returns to action this Saturday, September 26th as they host Iona under the lights on Campus Field at 7:00 pm.