Fairfield, Conn. - On Senior Day, it was the Sacred Heart women's soccer team defeating Robert Morris 1-0. On a day the seniors were recognized as part of a pre-game senior day ceremony, they certainly all stepped up for a crucial NEC victory. Senior goalkeeper Sydney Judkins (South Park, PA) recorded her third shut-out of the season and the Pioneers improve to 4-3-1 in the NEC and 7-8-1 overall.
The Pioneers controlled the action in the first half, not allowing Robert Morris to get a single shot off. The Pioneers scored in the 36thminute to take the 1-0 lead, all the Pioneers would end up needing for the victory. Sophomore midfielder Kristin Verrette (Saugus, MA) drove home a bouncing ball off a beautiful cross from freshman midfielder Jacquelyn Roth (Lindenhurst, NY). Just three minutes into the game Sacred Heart had a couple chances to score off a free kick from junior defender Alyssa Brandofino (East Northport, NY). Senior forward Mikaela Wolf (Northport, NY) had a header that banged off the post. The Pioneers put together 6 total shots in the first half.
The second half also belonged to the Pioneers, putting together five more shots. The Pioneers had a couple great chances to add insurance but were denied each time. Robert Morris goalkeeper Becky Schoenecker had an impressive diving save to reject senior forward Jen Mulvey (Manalapan, NJ). Mulvey also struck a ball off the cross-bar off a perfectly struck free-kick from senior defender Lia Palmacci (Groton, MA). The play of the day though would come about midway through the second half when Pioneer senior Sydney Judkins made a diving save to deny the Colonials of a tie game. Judkins couldn't have picked a better time to make her only save of the day to preserve the victory for Sacred Heart.