September 2, 2011

Sacred Heart Faces Maine and Stony Brook This Weekend

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University women's soccer team opens Labor Day Weekend with its first home match-up of the season as it takes on Maine, tonight at 7:00 pm on Campus Field.  The weekend concludes with a 2:00 pm contest at Stony Brook, Sunday afternoon.

About the Pioneers... Senior midfielder Amanda Stiles (Miller Place, N.Y.) tallied a game-tying score with just 45 seconds left in regulation to force OT at Albany, last Friday night.  Ultimately, Sacred Heart would fall 3-2, giving up a goal with only 18 seconds left in the extra frame.  Junior Ashley Moore (Levittown, N.Y.) scored SHU's first goal of the contest, as the Pioneers trailed 2-0 early.

Scouting the Black Bears... In its season opener, Maine was victorious over Charleston Southern, 1-0 on a first half goal by senior forward Carolyne Nellis.  Between the pipes, junior Meagan Price-Leibenzeder made four saves to preserve the shutout.  Nellis is the Black Bears' top returning scorer after registering 10 points, on four goals and two assists, good enough for second on the team in 2010.  As a unit, Maine was an even 9-9 on the pitch last year, including a 3-2 OT win over SHU.

Last Time They Met... In their overtime defeat at Maine a year ago, the Pioneers twice erased one-goal leads for the Black Bears with second half goals by Lucy Gildein (Topsfield, Mass.) and Leigh Dogmanits.  Maine claimed the victory just 2:42 into the extra frame with a score from Maddie Hill.  Price-Leibenzeder stopped three shots for the win, while Meghan Reichelt stopped four for SHU.

Scouting the Seawolves... Stony Brook heads into Sunday's tilt 1-3 after dropping a 1-0 decision to Rhode Island at home last night.  The Seawolves lone victory came in their season opener against Iona, 2-1, back on August 22.  In the win, midfielders Sa'sha Kershaw and Caitlin Pfieffer each tallied a goal.  Sacred Heart and Stony Brook have taken the field with one another in each of the last two seasons, with both games going to overtime.