PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Sacred Heart University men's soccer team suffered its first setback of the 2010 season with a 3-1 loss at Providence, Wednesday afternoon. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 4-1, while the Friars improved to 2-1-1.
Providence pulled ahead early with a goal in the third minute of play. Sophomore forward Wilder Arboleda, assisted by senior midfielder Matt Marcin, netted his first goal of the season, going upper 90 for the score.
Early in the second half, sophomore midfielder Marc Cintron put the Friars up 2-0 with his first goal of the season. Cintron received a cross from senior defender David Datilus, on the right side, and finished into the far corner of the net. Sacred Heart answered back moments later when the Pioneers were awarded a penalty kick. Senior co-captain Mario Mililli (Shelton, Conn.) was called on to take the shot. Mililli buried it into the back of the net, cutting the PC lead in half.
Arboleda would add to the Friar lead, with his second goal of the game, as he tallied a score in the final minute of play. He stole the ball from a defender and went to the goal one-on-one with SHU keeper Alex Fait (Ottawa, Ont.) and scored.
In net, Fait made a pair of saves. For Providence senior Jhojan Obando provided three stops in between the pipes.
Sacred Heart was outshot 14-6 for the game. Sophomore defender Marcello Castro (Panana, Brazil) took three shots, all of which were on goal.
The Pioneers are back in action this Saturday when they visit intrastate rival Yale at 7:00 pm.