FAIRFIELD, Conn.— The Sacred Heart women's soccer team picked up its second straight Northeast Conference win with a 1-0 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Friday afternoon. Senior Kim McNally netted the game winner for the Pioneers (5-8, 2-1 NEC) on a header in the 71st minute off of the corner kick feed by Alyssa Hyland.
Both teams were slow to get going in the first conference game held at Park Ave. Field. The Mountaineers (4-8-1, 1-2 NEC) fired the first scoring chance on goal as Kayla Hughes had her shot denied by junior Nicole Sambuco in the 21st minute. SHU outshot Mount 5-3 in the opening half but only one shot was on goal off courtesy of sophomore Cailtlin Buckley.
The second half started strong for the Pioneers, drawing two corner kicks in the opening five minutes. Sacred Heart got its chance in the 70th minute as the offensive attack drew the corner kick. Hyland stepped in to the right corner and lifted one over the scrum to find McNally wide open in the back corner to head in the open look past the diving Maggie Barron. The goal was McNally's second of the season as well as Hyland's second assist on the year.
The SHU defense held the Mountaineers to just one shot in the second half and four total on the afternoon. Sambuco earned back-to-back clean sheets with her three saves.
The Pioneers conclude the weekend at Park Ave. Field with a matchup against state rival CCSU on Sunday, October 8 at 12:00 p.m.
- Sambuco made a diving stop for her second save of the day on the rifle by Hughes on the charge.
- Mesropyan drove into a pass and fired one just wide right of the goal for the Pioneers first shot of the game 25 minutes into game.
- Buckley with the Pioneers first shot on goal to close out the first half.
- Mesropyan chipped one over a Mountaineers defender off header bounce from McNally but Barron was there for diving stop.
- Gianna Pomykacz drove inside the box and fired one from point blank but Sambuco came up with the huge save in the 56th minute.
- McNally's goal in the 71st minute was the fifth goal of her career.
- Mount was held without a shot over the final 34 minutes by the Pioneer defense.