October 11, 2009

Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac Play To Scoreless Draw

Oct. 11, 2009

Box Score

Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart women's soccer team played to a 0-0 tie against rival Quinnipiac Sunday afternoon at Campus Field.  Meghan Reichelt (Selden, NY) made six saves for the Pioneers including two big ones in the first half to earn a shutout.  Bobcats keeper Elizabeth Cook tallied five saves and made two in the extra sessions to preserve the 0-0 final score.

Quinnipiac (3-5-2, 2-1-1 NEC) nearly took the lead just ten minutes into the first half on a scrum in front of the SHU net.  Heather Quevillion (Dayville, CT) came up with a defensive save to keep the Bobcats off the board early.  The rebound went to Furtuna Velaj, the NEC leader in points per game, but her shot rang off the crossbar.  Two minutes later QU forward Jillian Strassner found space on a break away but Reichelt came off her line to make the sliding save.  The SHU keeper would make another important save with 20:00 to play in the first half diving to her right to block a hard long range shot from Meagan McLoughlin.

Sacred Heart (6-6-1, 2-2-1 NEC) came out much stronger in the second half and created a scoring chance four minutes into the stanza.  Jen Mulvey (Manalapan, NJ) got a head on a cross from Jasmine Rodriguez (Clinton, CT) but the ball floated just wide to the left.  The Pioneers best opportunity to break the tie came with 27:00 minutes to play on a free kick from Ashley Testani (Monroe, CT).  The senior midfielder put the ball over the wall and towards the top left corner before Cook was able to grab it for the save. 

The Bobcats earned a corner kick late in the second half but Amanda Bilas' header was stopped by Reichelt to keep the game knotted at zero.  The Pioneers have won two NEC games this season scoring a goal in the final two minutes and had an opportunity to make it three against Quinnipiac.  SHU fired two shots from inside the penalty box with 1:30 to play in regulation but both of them were blocked by the defense.

Sacred Heart earned the only two shots in the overtime periods, both taken by Mulvey.  The freshman would not be able to beat the QU goalkeeper and both sides were forced to settle for the draw.

The Pioneers return to action October 16th as they travel to Rhode Island to take on Bryant.  Game time is set for 7:00 pm.