Oct. 28, 2007
Brooklyn, NY - Junior Jason Tessitore (Orange, CT) had a hat trick and senior Ricarti Mendes (Campinas, Brazil) added a goal and three assists to lead Sacred Heart to a 5-2 win over Long Island in Northeast Conference men's soccer action Sunday afternoon at LIU Field.
Tessitore is the first player to have a hat trick for Sacred Heart in the Division I era. It was also the most goals SHU has scored in a game since joining the NEC.
Long Island opened the scoring in the 20th minute as junior Peter Huijgen collected the ball down the right side. Huijgen right-footed a perfect cross over the goalie's head and right to Lehto, who headed the ball down and into the net for his team-leading fifth tally of the year.
Two quick goals by Tessitore would give SHU the lead heading into intermission. At the 33:18 mark, Tessitore found himself all alone in front of the net and scored the equalizing goal. Less than two minutes later, Tessitore found the goal again on a beautiful feed from Mendes.
LIU evened up the score in the 67th minute. Huijgen picked up his second assist of the afternoon as he found Alarcon with a pass just outside the box on the left side. He calmly curved a shot around Sacred Heart goalkeeper Matt Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) and into the left corner of the goal to pull the Blackbirds even.
The Pioneers would battle back as Tessitore recorded a hat trick on an individual play in the 75th minute. A breakaway looping shot over senior Alex Fatovic gave Sacred Heart a lead it would not relinquish. Twenty-five seconds later, Mendes scored his first goal of the game and a goal by Jeton Shoshi (East Hampton, CT) put the finishing touches on the contest.
Sacred Heart outshot Long Island, 17-13, with the Blackbirds taking two corner kicks to the Pioneers one. Jones picked up the victory in net for Sacred Heart, recording six stops. Fatovic finished with three saves for LIU.
The Pioneers are back in action Tuesday night when they visit Army in the final non-conference game of the season. Game time is 7:00 pm.