FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's soccer
team, ranked second in the NSCAA/Hendrickcars.com
North Atlantic Region, enters the third week of the
season with a 4-0 record and faces a pair of non-conference
opponents on the road. The Pioneers open the week at
Providence, this afternoon at 3:00 pm. On Saturday the team
visits intrastate rival Yale for a 7:00 pm kickoff.
About the Pioneers... Sacred Heart has raced out to a 4-0 start, the best in the program's Division I history, and takes that record on the road to Providence and Yale this week. Sophomore defender Marcello Castro (Panana, Brazil) leads the team in scoring with three goals, matching his 2009 total, and one assist for seven total points. Classmate Brian Francolini (Ellington, Conn.) ranks second on the team in scoring with one goal and one assist. Junior goalkeeper Alex Fait (Ottawa, Ont.) holds a 0.71 goals against average and has turned away opponents' shots at a rate of .857.
Scouting the Friars... Providence sits at 1-1-1 on the year. Freshman forward Greg Davis leads the team in scoring after recording a pair of goals through three games. Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando has started all three games in net and sports a 1.62 GAA and .643 save percentage. PC opened its season with a 2-1 victory over Rhode Island, followed up by a scoreless tie at Brown. Most recently, the Friars fell at #23 Michigan State, 4-0.
Scouting the Bulldogs... Yale has dropped each of its first four decisions to start the 2010 season. Senior midfielder Andy Shorten has netted a pair of goals to lead the team in scoring. Sophomore netminder Bobby Thalman holds a 1.70 GAA and a .720 save percentage. The Bulldogs host Central Connecticut tonight at 7:00 pm in their home opener.
Last Time Out... SHU defeated Adelphi, 2-1 in overtime, on the road. Castro scored the first goal of the game on a free kick that skidded beneath the Panthers' wall and into the net. In the extra fram Francolini notched his first goal of the game to give the Pioneers their fourth straight win. In the cage, Fait stopped seven shots to preserve the victory.
Last Time vs. PC... A year ago, Sacred Heart fell to Providence, in double overtime, 2-1 on Campus Field. Timothy Ritter posted the game winner in the 109th minute. The Friars held a slight edge in shots, 15-14, for the game. Fait made 10 saves, to PC keeper Timothy Murray's five.
Last Time vs. Yale... The Pioneers had their most impressive offensive performance of the 2009 season, a year in which theyr totaled only 16 goals, with a 4-0 thrashing against the Bulldogs on Campus Field. As freshman, Castro, Francolini, and Justin Brewer (Somers, Conn.) all recorded goals for Sacred Heart. Fait earned the shutout by making six saves.
Up Next... The Pioneers play their final game of a four game road stretch at Iona on Wednesday September 22 at 3:00 pm. On October 1, Sacred Heart returns home to host Long Island, at 6:00 pm, for the first Northeast Conference game of the season.
December 14, 2010 Marcello Castro Earns Spot on All-America Team
December 10, 2010 Castro and Victor Represent Men’s Soccer on NSCAA Regional Team
November 30, 2010 Dadario and Freitas Named to NEISL All-Star Team
November 12, 2010 Men's Soccer Returns to Postseason for First Time Since 2007
November 12, 2010 Pioneers Mount Second Half Comeback; Eliminated in OT
November 11, 2010 Castro Named Defensive Player of the Year; Barroso Coach of the Year
November 6, 2010 Pioneer Prepare for Playoffs with Regular Season Finale at FDU
November 6, 2010 Pioneers Draw with FDU in Regular Season Finale
October 31, 2010 Pioneer Men's Soccer Hosts Bryant on "Senior Day"
October 31, 2010 Men’s Soccer Takes Down Bryant for Record Win
October 27, 2010 Men’s Soccer Drops Bout with Army, 3-1
October 24, 2010 Mens Soccer Reaches 10-Win Mark with Late Score vs. CCSU
October 22, 2010 Men's Soccer Takes on Intrastate Rivals QU and CCSU this Weekend
October 22, 2010 Pioneers Suffer 2-0 Setback at Quinnipiac
October 20, 2010 Men's Soccer Coach Joe Barroso to be Inducted to NESHF
October 17, 2010 Dadario Sparks Pioneers to 2-1 Victory Over RMU
October 15, 2010 Men's Soccer Hosts Two NEC Matches During Team's Alumni Weekend
October 15, 2010 Pioneers' Unbeaten Streak Ends in OT
October 10, 2010 Men's Soccer Earns 0-0 Tie at #10 Monmouth
October 8, 2010 Pioneers Travel to The Mount and #10 MU This Weekend
October 8, 2010 Daka Goal Sends SHU to Victory at The Mount
October 3, 2010 Pioneers Earn Third-Straight Win Beating St. Francis (NY) 2-0
October 1, 2010 Mililli Tallies Overtime Score to Give SHU 3-2 Win
September 22, 2010 Pioneers Face Iona in Final Tune-Up Before NEC Competition
September 22, 2010 Pioneers Get Back on Track with 2-1 Win Over Iona
September 18, 2010 Pioneer Soccer Loses to Yale in 108th Minute
September 15, 2010 Sacred Heart Suffers First Setback of the Season
September 15, 2010 Pioneers Visit Providence and Yale in the Week Ahead
September 13, 2010 Castro Named adidas/NEC Player of the Week
September 11, 2010 Francolini Pushes Sacred Heart to OT Victory at Adelphi
September 9, 2010 Men's Soccer Takes 3-0 Record on the Road
September 7, 2010 Freitas Nets Goal in 104th Minute, Earns SHU 2-1 Win Over Siena
September 4, 2010 Pioneers Take Down Columbia 2-1 in Come From Behind Fashion
September 1, 2010 Castro Header Gives SHU Opening Night Victory
September 1, 2010 Men's Soccer Opens with Holy Cross Tonight on Campus Field
August 17, 2010 Pioneer Men's Soccer Pegged Sixth in NEC Preseason Poll