October 8, 2004

Sacred Heart and Long Island Play to a 2-2 Tie in NEC Battle

Oct. 8, 2004

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (October 8, 2004) - The Sacred Heart and Long Island men's soccer teams battled back and forth to a 2-2- tie over the full 110 minutes on Friday afternoon with neither team able to push across the golden goal before the final horn in what was a thrilling Northeast Conference midseason battle. Both squads netted goals in the final minutes to send the game to the overtime period.

The upset minded Pioneers got on the scoreboard early, as sophomore Ricarti Mendes (Campinas, Brazil) blasted a shot from about 30-yards out past LIU's Ryszard Gorski in the 11th minute for a quick 1-0 lead. The two teams played even for much of the rest of the half with each side garnering just three shots apiece.

Long Island came out to put the offensive pressure on in the second half, finally breaking through in the 58th minute with the game-tying goal. The ball was played into the box off a free kick where junior Mustapha Ayoub was able to gain control and cross the ball toward a waiting Norman LeVesque at the front of the net. LeVesque quickly deposited his shot in the back of the net for his first goal on the season.

From there the two teams seem destined to play into overtime at 1-1 when SHU was able to strike late in the half. Mendes gathered up a feed from Brice Victor (Bridgeport, CT) and streaked down the left sideline. Gorski was forced to come out of the net to try and make a play but Mendes quickly punched a shot over the oncoming keeper into the far corner for a 2-1 advantage at the 87:30 mark.

But the Blackbirds would not be denied as they stormed right back just 1:02 later Josh Couvillion played the ball into the box to Omer Rozen who was able to get a foot on the ball and chip it over Pioneer keeper Matt Weston (Storrs, CT) once again knotting the game up.

Both teams played very defensive in both overtime periods with LIU managing the only shot of the extra sessions. SHU is now 1-7-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the NEC while Long Island moves to 3-3-3 overall and 2-0-1 in league play.

The Pioneers return to the field this Sunday, October 10th when they host St. Francis (NY) at 2:00 pm.

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