The Red Flash scored twice in the first half to defeat the SHU women's soccer team 2-0 Friday night at Campus Field. The Pioneers outshot SFU 17-9 overall but could not find the finishing touch and were held scoreless for a second consecutive game. The Red Flash secured a third straight victory and now sit in alone in second place in the Northeast Conference standings.
Saint Francis (PA) (11-4-1, 5-2-0 NEC) found the back of the net on its first shot of the game 5:10 after the opening whistle. Reigning adidas/NEC player of the week Tesa McKibben had her first attempt blocked by the SHU defense but slotted home the rebound for her 13th marker of 2010. The Pioneers controlled possession the majority of the half but could not find an equalizer. Chelsea Traurig extended the Red Flash advantage to 2-0 with just 1:30 on the clock as she beat a defender to a fifty-fifty ball and beat the keeper one-on-one.
Sacred Heart (7-5-4, 3-2-2 NEC) had a pair of golden opportunities to chip away at the deficit early in the second half. Jen Mulvey (Manalapan, NJ) sent in a ball to Samantha Kee (Haskell, NJ) but the junior forward had her shot stopped by SFU netminder Lauren Fearer. Fearer finished the night with six saves to pick up her seventh win of the season. Kee found herself alone in front at the 28:10 mark after a low cross from Ashley Moore (Levittown, NY) made its way through the box. However, Kee put the shot directly at Fearer who was equal to the task again, maintaining her shutout.
Haleigh Dunyon came within inches of making it a 3-0 affair for
the Red Flash with 15:00 minutes to play in regulation but her low
shot bounced off the left post. Saint Francis (PA) held on
down the stretch to earn the 2-0 victory on a cold, windy night in
The women's soccer team returns to action this Sunday, October 24 for the final home game of the season. Sacred Heart takes on Robert Morris on senior day as the senior class will be honored before the 1:00 pm kick-off.