Oct. 9, 2009
Fairfield, CT - Leah Blayney scored two goals and an assist to lead Central Connecticut in a 4-2 victory over the Pioneers Friday night. Sacred Heart held a 2-1 advantage midway through the second half but the Blue Devils notched three unanswered goals to close the game. Jen Mulvey (Manalapan, NJ) and Amanda Stiles (Miller Place, NY) found the net for the Pioneers.
Central Connecticut (5-6-1) struck first in the 34th minute on a free kick from Blayney. The Blue Devil forward put up a high shot from 28 yards out that dropped just under the crossbar and beyond the outstretched reach of SHU keeper Meghan Reichelt (Selden, NY). CCSU nearly extended its lead to 2-0 after a turnover in the midfield but Reichelt came off her line to make the save and keep the Pioneers in the game.
Sacred Heart (6-6-0, 2) capitalized on a free kick of their own to knot the game at one. Ashley Testani (Monroe, CT) swung in a ball from the right side and Mulvey’s header beat the keeper for her second goal of the season. CCSU had a chance to take a lead going into the intermission but Heater Quevillion (Davilly, CT) came up with a huge defensive save after Reichelt stuffed a Blue Devil shot from point blank range.
Blayney almost put Central Connecticut back on top just moments into the second stanza on an identical free kick to her marker in the first half. This time Reichelt was able to rise up and touch the ball just over the bar. Samantha Kee (Haskell, NJ) manufactured the goal that would put the Pioneers on top in the 50th minute using her legs to outrun the CCSU defense. The sophomore forward put a low cross into the box and Stiles converted with a sliding shot to give SHU a 2-1 edge.
The Blue Devils took the lead back with two quick goals in a two minute span starting at the 65th minute. Central Connecticut earned another long distance free kick that Blayney put on net. The ball was knocked away from Reichelt and Karise Hilt headed in the game tying goal. Shortlyafter the Pioneer defense was caught out of position as Lauren Salvia lofted a ball over the back line and Blayney’s low shot beat Reichelt to give CCSU a 3-2 advantage. Central Connecticut put the game away with 9:10 to play as the Pioneers left Beth Lloyd wide open on a long free kick from Hilt. Lloyd settled the ball and deposited it in the lower right corner to seal the 4-2 win.
Sacred Heart returns to action this Sunday as they take on NEC rival Quinnipiac this Sunday. Game time is set for 1:00 pm at Campus Field.