October 30, 2009

Pioneer Comeback Erased By Late Goal - SHU Falls 3-2 at SFNY

Oct. 30, 2009

Box Score

Brooklyn, NY - The Pioneers scored twice within six minutes in the second half to come back from a 2-0 deficit before Semso Nikocevic notched his second goal of the game to lift St. Francis (NY) 3-2 over Sacred Heart Friday night.  Brian Francolini (Ellington, CT) and Marcello Castro (Parana, Brazil) each tallied unassisted goals for the Pioneers.  Sacred Heart has two Northeast Conference games remaining in 2009 as they look to secure a post season berth.

St. Francis (NY) (9-5-1, 6-1-1) notched the game's opening goal 19:43 into the opening stanza on a Greg Baum marker.  The Terriers would extend the lead 13 minutes later on Nikocevic's first goal with assists from Jeverton De Lorenzi and Tevin Jackson.  St. Francis (NY) outshot the Pioneers 6-4 in the first period while each goalkeeper posted two saves.

Sacred Heart (6-7-2, 3-4-1 NEC) would begin its surge in the 65th minute as Francolini secured his second goal of 2009 on a shot just past the outstretched reach of Terriers goalie Chris Antonio.  The Pioneers knotted the game at two as Castro headed in a loose rebound just six minutes after Francolini's goal.  Nikocevic would dash the SHU hopes of a come from behind victory as he put in the game winner with 13:30 to play.

The Pioneers return to action in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday as they face Long Island in a NEC contest.  Game time is set for 1:00 pm.