Staten Island, NY – In their Northeast Conference opener, the Sacred Heart women's soccer team fell 5-3 to the Wagner Seahawks Friday night in Staten Island. Wagner's Samantha Jensen put together a rare hat trick to lead the Seahawks past Sacred Heart. The Pioneers fall to 3-8 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.
Sacred Heart and Wagner played a wild back and forth first half, with both teams combining to score five goals in less than a seven-minute stretch late in the half.
Wagner (8-2-1) opened up the scoring in the 35th minute on a Gabrielle Davis header goal, assisted by Siara Kolpon. Kolpon found Davis on a beautifully placed corner kick.
The Seahawks tacked on to their lead four minutes later, with Johanna Konrad finding the back of the net to give Wagner the 2-0 lead. Amber Coca found Konrad to earn the assist.
Just 55 seconds later, the Pioneers cut into Wagner's lead with an unassisted goal off a free kick by senior captain Alyssa Brandofino (East Northport, NY), her first of the season.
Jenson didn't waste much time to put the Seahawks up 3-1, putting one past SHU goalie Sydney Judkins just 29 seconds later.
Sophomore Marissa Christy (Massapequa, NY) would once again cut into Wagner's lead in the 42nd minute. Christy put it in the back of the net from about 15 yards out after Wagner goalie Katie Marcy came out of the net. Christy ranks second on the team with three goals this season.
In the second half, Jensen scored her second goal of the game to elongate the Wagner lead to 4-2 in the 60th minute. Another corner kick created the goal with Megan Fitz tipping the ball over to the Jensen for the goal.
Sacred Heart's final goal of the game came off the foot of sophomore Alexis Parlato (Center Moriches, NY). Parlato juked past a Wagner defender and goalie, striking the ball into the upper 90 for her second goal of the season.
Jensen scored her final goal of the night in the 88th minute off of Konrad's second assist of the game.
Sacred Heart looks to rebound Sunday afternoon when they travel to take on the Bryant Bulldogs at 1:00.