Fairfield, CT (September 15, 2013) – After five straight scoreless halves of soccer, the Sacred Heart Pioneers came alive to score five second half goals Sunday afternoon to defeat the UMass Lowell River Hawks 5-1 at Campus Field, The five goals is the highest total for Sacred Heart since November 1st, 2009 when they also scored five.
After a first half in which Sacred Heart (2-5) controlled all of the action, the Pioneers finally got on the board in the 49th minute. Sophomore forward Alexis Parlato (Center Moriches, NY) snuck past the UMass Lowell defense to knock a rebound into the back of the net to give SHU the 1-0 lead. The rebound was created by a Marissa Christy (Massapequa, NY) strike from about 20 yards out.
Junior captain Kristin Verrette (Saugus, MA) put home the next two goals for SHU within two minutes of each other. First, Verrette turned and fired one past UMass goalie Jill Carlson after a scramble for the ball in the top of the UMass Lowell box. On Verrette's second goal, she finished a beautiful through ball from Parlato into the bottom left corner of the goal.
In the 66th minute, Senior captain Alyssa Brandofino East Northport, NY) served a beautiful corner kick to set up junior Jillian Picinich (Bellmore, NY) for the header goal to make it 4-0 Sacred Heart.
Another beautiful service came from junior Chandler Antczyk (Kendall Park, NJ) who found freshman forward Lindsay Jossick (Newtown, CT) with a beautiful cross that allowed Jossick to head it home to cap Sacred Heart's goal scoring at five.
UMass Lowell scored their lone goal off a penalty kick rebound that SHU goalie Sydney Judkins (South Park, PA) saved but could not fully corral. Sarah Raye knocked in her own rebound.
Next up, Sacred Heart heads to New Haven to take on the Yale Bulldogs on Friday at 7:00 pm.