Fairfield, C.T.— The Sacred Heart Women's Soccer Team is headed back to the Northeast Conference Tournament, ending a four year drought for the Pioneers. Sunday's 2-1 win over Mount St. Mary's secured the playoff spot for the Pioneers.
The day kicked off celebrating the seven Sacred Heart seniors. Family and friends filled the stands to cheer on Erica Wicke (Norwalk, Conn.), Samantha Kee (Haskell, N.J.), Morgan Mireski (Mount Olive, N.J.), Heather Quevillion (Dayville, Conn.), Amanda Stiles (Miller Place, N.Y.), Lauren Tamberino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Maggie O'Callaghan (Commack, N.Y.) in their last game at Campus Field.
With the goal of making the playoffs in mind, the Pioneers came out fighting right from the start. Playing an aggressive game, Sacred Heart got off nine shots in the first half alone and totaled 15 on the day. They outshot the Mount 15-2.
It was a shot by Kee that would put the Pioneers on the board. Kee took a loose ball at the top of the box and planted it into the lower, left corner of the goal to put Sacred Heart ahead 1-0 heading into halftime.
Five minutes into the second half, the Pioneers' lead was increased when the ball, off of Sacred Heart junior Ashley Moore (Levittown, N.Y.), was knocked into the goal by a Mount St. Mary's defender. This is the second own goal by Pioneer opponents in the final weekend of the regular season.
It was an extremely physical game between the Pioneers and the Mount. The teams combined for 23 fouls with Mount leading the way with 13. Mount junior Kelly Baker was issued a yellow card in the 28th minute.
This Friday, the Pioneers will play in their first NEC Tournament since 2007. However, who they are going to play is still uncertain. The field is already set with the four teams being Saint Francis (PA), Long Island, Sacred Heart and Monmouth. The top seed and rights to host the tournament are still up for grabs with games still to be played tomorrow.