FAIRFIELD, Conn.— The Sacred Heart women's soccer team was edged by in-state rival CCSU at Park Ave. Field. A first half goal by the Blue Devils (4-7-1, 1-2 NEC) was the lone score of the contest over the Pioneers (5-9, 2-2 NEC) on Sunday afternoon.
The opening half featured back-and-forth play from both teams looking to pick up pivotal points in the second weekend of Northeast Conference play. CCSU held the 6-3 edge on shots in the opening frame. The Blue Devils would score the lone goal of the contest at 42:46 as Brianna Scaldaferri sent a ball in from midfield to Danielle Pearse for the header over junior goalkeeper Nicole Sambuco for score. SHU looked to answer on their home turf, controlling the attack in the second half. The Pioneers put up seven shots on the Blue Devils with one by junior Melanie DaSilva in the 75th minute was denied by Ashley Cavanaugh.
Both teams split corner kicks with four each. Sambuco recorded four saves for the Pioneers while Cavanaugh made one stop for the Blue Devils.
The Pioneers head to Bryant next Friday, October 13 for a NEC road matchup at 3:00 p.m.
- Scaldaferri with a boot from outside the box but Sambuco was there to make the save at 24:07.
- Lindsay Corallo missed just left of the goal on the scoring chance for SHU in the 28th minute. The Pioneers were held without a shot over the final 17 minutes of the half.
- The Pioneers picked up two early shots in the second half by Alex Mesropyan & DaSilva.
- SHU drew a free kick opportunity just outside the box in the 72nd minute, Mesropyan's attempt missed just right of the goal.
- Sacred Heart drew four corner kicks in the final eight minutes of regulation but were unable to convert a goal.