Nov. 6, 2005
Fairfield, CT - Freshman Yan Klukowski scored in the 56th minute and the Central Connecticut Blue Devils hung on to beat the Pioneers 1-0 in men's soccer action on Senior Day Sunday at Campus Field. The loss snapped the Pioneers four game winning streak, and was the first time they were defeated in their last eight games.
The Blue Devils win assured them of a spot in the NEC playoffs and cost the Pioneers a chance at a share of the regular season championship and a chance to host the tournament.
Klukowski's goal was set-up when senior Jorden Holder sent in a lob pas from 15 yards out. Klukowski took the ball and chipped it past Pioneer goaltender Matthew Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) for his seventh goal of the season.
The Blue Devils controlled the play for most of the game, outshooting the Pioneers 17-10 for the game. Jones made seven saves for the Pioneers while freshman Christopher Rybacki needed to make just two saves for the shutout.
With the Sacred Heart loss, Monmouth clinched the top seed and the right to host the NEC tournament. The Blue Devils win gave them the second seed. The Pioneers will either be the third or fourth seed, depending on the results of the other NEC games Sunday afternoon.
The Pioneers (7-6-4, 4-2-3, NEC) will make their first ever NEC tournament appearance next weekend at Monmouth. The semifinals are set for Friday afternoon.