September 9, 2010

Women’s Soccer Plays Host To Stony Brook and Rider; Support "Abby's Fight For Life"

Women's Soccer Weekly Report - Interview with Alex Mack (Video)

The SHU women's soccer team plays Stony Brook under the lights Friday at 7:00 pm before a 3:00 pm showdown with Rider Sunday afternoon. 

Abby's Fight For Life… Recently Abby Guerra, a promising young women's soccer player, was seriously injured in a car accident.  After a mix-up at the medical examiner's office the Guerra family was told that Abby had died at the hospital.   It is now two months later and Abby continues to have surgeries and is now enrolled in physical therapy.  The Sacred Heart women's soccer team will wear t-shirts during warm-ups to support Abby's Fight for Life.  For more information please visit www.abbysfightforlife.com

Heading In... Sacred Heart plays its final two home games this weekend before the conference schedule kicks-off September 28 at Fairleigh Dickinson.  The Pioneers look to rebound from a tough 3-2 overtime loss on the road last Sunday against Maine.  SHU will also try to improve upon its 3-1-0 home record to start 2010.  Stony Brook is off to a rough start this year with an 0-5 record, scoring just two goals in five games.  The Seawolves dropped a 2-0 decision to #10 Maryland last Sunday at the home of the Terrapins.  Rider is 1-1-2 so far on the young season and will play a home game against Fairleigh Dickinson before coming to Fairfield, CT.

SHU Comeback Falls Just Short... The Pioneers found themselves behind by a goal twice in the second half against Maine before rallying to force overtime.  Freshman Lucy Gildein scored her second goal of 2010 to tie the game at 1-1 seven minutes after the Black Bears notched the game's opening tally.  Senior captain Leigh Dogmanits  also notched her second goal of the season to tie the game as she leveled the score at 2-2 with 9:31 remaining in regulation.  Maine would go on to win the game in the 93rd minute as SHU dropped its first overtime game of the season.

Scouting the Seawolves... Debbie Aller and Rachel Silverman each have one of the two Stony Brook goals so far in 2010.  The Seawolves are off to an 0-5 start this season, allowing 2.20 goals per game.  Stony Brook's slow start is somewhat of a surprise after being picked to finish second in the America East preseason coaches poll.  Sophomore midfielder Sa'sha Kershaw was an America East all-rookie selection last year after finishing sixth among league leaders with 14 points as a freshman. 

Scouting the Broncs...
 Abi Cottam leads the Rider offense in 2010 with three goals, all recorded in a hat trick last weekend in a 3-0 win over Delaware State.  Rider has already played three double overtime games this season, compiling a record of 0-1-2.  Starting goaltender Alex Post has played superbly early in the season tallying a 0.71 goals against average.  Rider was picked to finish ninth in the 2010 MAAC preseason coaches poll.