September 23, 2011

Pioneers Beat Quinnipaic 2-1 in NEC Opener

Fairfield, CT (September 23, 2011) - On a misty and foggy night at Campus Field, the Sacred Heart women's soccer team defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 2-1 in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams.  The Pioneers improved to 5-2-2 on the year while Quinnipiac falls to 1-5-1.

The game could not get off to a much better start for the Pioneers with senior Samantha Kee (Haskell, NJ) putting a beautiful cross from sophomore Alyssa Brandofino (East Northport, NY) into the back of the net only 49 seconds into the game.  For Kee, it was her second goal of the season, and for Brandfino it was her second assist of the year.  Both teams fought for possession and field possession for the rest of the half but to no avail.   The Pioneers would go into the half up 1-0.

The real story of the first half was the Pioneer defense.  The Pioneers were stellar, not allowing a shot for the first 25:09.  That would be the only opportunity the Bobcats would get off the entire half.  The Pioneers on the other hand were able to get seven shots and for most of the half had possession on the Bobcats' side of the field. 

The first real scoring opportunity for the Bobcats came with 44:25 left in the second half when Kanesha Woodfine hit the crossbar on a strike from about 15-yards out.

Play continued, and with 40:45 left in the 2nd half Kee connected with the net again for her second goal of the game, this time assisted from junior Jen Mulvey (Manalapan, NJ).  The save of the game came with 38:09 remaining when junior goalkeeper Sydney Judkins (South Park, PA) made a great one-on-one save to keep the shutout alive.  Bobcat Forward Kat Young had the next scoring chance for Quinnipiac, but again the crossbar was there for the Pioneer defense.

The Pioneer shutout fell 4:36 short, when Beck Kiting found the back of the net on a pass from Kamesha Woodfire. 

The win was the third in a row by the Pioneers and kept their undefeated streak alive at home with a record of 2-0.  This was also the first conference game of the season for the Pioneers and when asked about how big a win was to start the conference schedule Head Coach Kim Banner said "It was a huge win. Whoever wanted it more was going to get the win, and today we wanted it more." 

SHU is right back in action on Sunday hosting the Central Connecticut Blue Devils at 1 pm.

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