Pioneers Fall to Columbia, 5-0

Pioneers Fall to Columbia, 5-0

NEW YORK, N.Y.— The Sacred Heart women's soccer team was shut out for the second time this season with a 5-0 loss to the Columbia Lions at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.


The Lions (3-2-1) opened the scoring in the 29th minute as Emily Koe fed a pass into the box for Natalie Neshat who eluded the Pioneer (2-5) defense and fired one to the back of the net. The Columbia offense turned up the pressure in the second half, outshooting SHU 17-3 in the period. Columbia netted goals in the 48th, 58th, 60th minute. An own goal by the Pioneers sealed in the 62nd minute sealed the game at 5-0.


SHU was held to a season low six shots in the game, the lowest total of the season. Junior Alex Mesropyan led the Pioneers with two shots on goal. Junior Nicole Sambuco made eight saves for the second straight contest.


The Pioneers return home to Park Ave. Field on Wednesday, September 13 against Saint Peter's for a 3:00 p.m.


First Half

  • Pioneers three shots of the period came in the final five minutes with Mesropyan firing two shots on goal and junior Alyssa Hyland also firing one on net. All three were stopped by Sophie Whitehouse. 

Second Half

  • Danielle Karpiej fired one on goal in the 53rd minute but Juliet Allen was there to make the stop.
  • Madison Stahelski had a scoring opportunity in the 69th minute but was denied by Marie Matthews.
  • Sambuco made five saves over the final 20 minutes as the SHU offense was held without a shot.
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