FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's soccer team outshot the UMass Lowell River Hawks 16-13 on Saturday at Campus Field, but could not get on the scoreboard in a 2-0 loss.
UMass Lowell (2-7) notched the first goal less than five minutes into the game. Homero Morais played a cross to Kevin Zapata who put a one-touch shot past Sacred Heart goalkeeper Tucker Hackett (Madison, Conn.) to make the score 1-0. Sacred Heart (3-6) had a chance to level the game in the 15th minute. Kieran Walsh (River Vale, N.J.) played a free kick towards the back post to Joshua Mathews (Shelton, Conn.). Mathews headed the ball towards goal but was stopped by UMass Lowell goalkeeper Chris Maierle. Walsh tried to get the Pioneers even in the 33rd minute, but his free kick was punched away by Maierle. Hackett did his part to keep the score 1-0 heading into halftime, making a pair of saves in the opening half.
Sacred Heart controlled possession early in the second half, firing five shots in the first 10 minutes. In the 70th minute, Walsh had a free kick from 25 yards out saved by Maierle. Four minutes later, the River Hawks extended their lead to 2-0 as Wuilito Fernandes fired a shot from 15 yards out into the back of the net. The Pioneers had three more chances to get on the scoreboard in the last 15 minutes but were unable to score on the day.
Sacred Heart had six shots on goal to UMass Lowell's seven, with Walsh accounting for four of them. Hackett made six saves for the Pioneers as Maierle had seven for the shutout.
The Pioneers return to Campus Field on Saturday, October 5 for a 7 p.m. against Rhode Island.