POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's soccer team scored twice in the first 10 minutes Saturday night at Marist, then hung on for a 2-1 win over the Red Foxes at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. The win snaps a three-match losing streak for the Pioneers.
Sacred Heart (3-5) scored on its first shot of the game, six minutes into the contest. Senior Aaron Burrell (Tampa, Fla.) took the ball into the 18-yard box, drawing out the Marist goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski. Burrell then played the ball to Mahmoud Kafel (Fairfield, Conn.), who cracked a shot into the net to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. The goal was Kafel's second in as many games and third of the season. Four minutes later, Burrell found the back of the net off a Ronaldo Vieira cross (Framingham, Mass.) to put Sacred Heart up 2-0.
Marist (1-6) got on the scoreboard in the 33rd minute when Greg Davis put a header out of the reach of Sacred Heart goalkeeper Dylan Strachan (Fairfield, Conn.), making the score 2-1. Strachan kept the score at 2-1 going into halftime, stopping a Matty Berman shot in the 42nd minute. Sacred Heart's defense stood tall early in the second half, blocking a pair of Red Fox shots in the first 10 minutes. Strachan came up with another key save in the 80th minute by stopping a Tudor Brata header. Marist had one last chance to level the match in the 85th minute but Pablo Cameselle's header went high over the target.
Each team had 10 shots in the game with Sacred Heart putting six on goal. The Red Foxes put three shots on goal with Strachan making two saves for his second win of the season. Sokalski made four saves in goal for Marist. Both teams also had five corner kicks each.
Sacred Heart returns home next Saturday, September 21 for a 1 p.m. game against UMass-Lowell at Campus Field.