Pioneers Fall 1-0 to Columbia

Freshman Annika Simmons
Freshman Annika Simmons

Fairfield, CT (September 10, 2013) – The Columbia Lions drilled a free kick from about 25 yards out in the 83rd minute to down the Sacred Heart women's soccer team 1-0 Tuesday night at Campus Field. For the second game in a row, the Pioneers could not find the back of the net and now fall to 1-5 on the season.

Senior midfielder Beverley broke a 0-0 tie in the 83rd minute with a powerful free kick from about 25 yards away that slammed into the upper third of the goal past the outstretched arms of SHU goalie Sydney Judkins (South Park, PA). 

Columbia goalies Gabby Dubbick and freshman Allison Spencer combined for the shutout, with Spencer making some big saves in the second half to keep the game tied.

Sacred Heart controlled most of the action in the late stages of the first half and especially most of the second half, outshooting Columbia 10-5 in the second stanza. SHU had a few notable chances throughout the game but could not find the back of the net. Freshman forward Lindsay Jossick (Newtown, CT) drilled a shot that just went over the goal with about 15 minutes left before halftime. Following Jossick's lead, senior Kristin Verrette also roped one just over the cross bar early in the second half.

Possibly Sacred Heart's best chance of the game came in the 51st minute on an Alexis Parlato (Center Moriches,NY) header in traffic that Spencer barely knocked away and Columbia cleared. Parlato's header was the result of a corner kick from senior defender Alyssa Brandofino (East Northport, NY). Columbia's Spencer also thwarted away a deflection off of her own defender after Kristin Verrette (Saugus, MA) took a shot from close to the end line in the 75th minute.

SHU looks for their second win of the season on Sunday afternoon when they welcome UMass-Lowell to Campus Field at 1:00 pm.