FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University men's soccer team fell to Army in non-conference action at Campus Field 3-1, Wednesday evening. The Pioneers, who were going for a program record for wins in Division I, are now 10-5-1 overall, while the Black Knights improved to 2-11-1.
Army got on the board early as sophomore forward Michael Kim took a direct kick that deflected of a SHU defender toward the goal where it was saved by Pioneer sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Nicinski (New City, N.Y.). Sophomore Mitch Johnson came in to clean up the rebound and net the first goal of the game for the Black Knights.
In the 38th minute, Sacred Heart nearly tied the game when graduate student Patrick Daka (Chingola, Zambia) took a shot that was saved and then knocked off the inside of the left post before trickling out.
The Pioneers would tie the game just a few moments into the second half as sophomore midfielder Edwin Victor (Bridgeport, Conn.) spun by a defender and sent a ball to the left corner for classmate Justin Brewer (Somers, Conn.). Brewer received the ball and brought it into the box and fired home the equalizing score.
Tyler Locatell took over for Nicinski in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Army defender Cameron Jarvis floated a shot over Locatell, but he retreated and made a leaping save by touching the ball over the crossbar.
Army took the lead for good, in the 60th minute, when junior Carson McReynolds headed the ball toward the net from 25 yards out. Sophomore defender Trent Brown then headed it the rest of the way for the goal. The Black Knights would add on one more, just 1:31 later as Kim drilled home a penalty kick.
For Sacred Heart, Nicinski made one save in goal, while Locatell made six. For each goalkeeper it was his collegiate debut. Sophomore Ryan Currens made four saves to earn the win for Army. The Black Knights outshot SHU 11-6 for the game.
The Pioneers play their final home game on Sunday October 31 as they face Bryant at 12:00 pm for "Senior Day" on Campus Field.