FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University women's soccer team played to a scoreless tie with Bryant on Campus Field, Sunday afternoon. The tie moved the Pioneers record to 5-3-3 overall and 1-0-1 in the Northeast Conference. The Bulldogs record now stands at 3-7-2 and 1-0-1.
Senior goalkeeper Meghan Reichelt (Selden, N.Y.) made six stops in the 110 minute game to earn the shutout for SHU. In the cage for Bryant, sophomore netminder Kelsi Jacob also made six saves for the shutout effort.
In the early moments of the second half Sacred Heart nearly struck first on consecutives opportunities. Freshman defender Alyssa Brandofino (East Northport, N.Y.) lifted a cross into the box that was headed on wide by sophomore midfielder Jen Mulvey (Manalapan. N.J.). Mulvey's attempt went directly to junior forward Amanda Stiles (Miller Place, N.Y.) who ripped a shot that was saved.
Late in the second half, Bryant sophomore Alex Bengston struck a corner kick that bounced around inside the penalty box until Bulldog senior defender Steph Del Mistro got a foot on it a put it on net, but Reichelt was able to react and make the save.
With less than two minutes to play in the second overtime period, Pioneer junior forward Samantha Kee (Haskell, N.J.) had a shot deflected and bounded toward the net. However, Jacob scrambled and made it to the left post in time to keep the game knotted at zero.
Sacred Heart held a slight edge in shots with 13, while Bryant had 12.
The Pioneers remain at home for their next two games when the host Long Island on October 8 and Wagner October 10.