FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's soccer team found itself on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline for the second consecutive match Saturday night, this time to the Rhode Island Rams at Campus Field.
Sacred Heart (3-7) had the better of possession in the first half, making runs into the Rhode Island (2-6) area but not getting shots on goal. The Pioneers had their first true attempt at goal with 26 minutes left in the first half. Senior Ronaldo Vieira (Farmington, Mass.) fired a shot from about 30 yards out that was saved by Rams goalkeeper Thomas Spenser. Viera had another opportunity with about four minutes left in the half on a free kick, but was once again denied by Spenser as the half ended goalless.
The Pioneers had one of their better runs in the 57th minute when Vieira played a cross to Joey Lyons up the right side. Lyons put his head to the ball but his header went wide of goal. Sacred Heart came even closer to goal in the 64th minute. Kieran Walsh (River Vale, N.J.) hit a corner towards the far post, finding Artur Jorge (Shelton, Conn.). Jorge's header hit the side netting, keeping the score 0-0. With 11 minutes remaining, Rhode Island tallied the game's first goal. Ryan Oakley hit a free kick from the far corner that found Wesley Matthews who headed the ball in. The Rams added their second goal in the 84th minute when Matt Sykes fired a shot from distance into the net.
Sacred Heart outshot Rhode Island 13-7, including a 9-4 advantage in the second half. However, only two of the Pioneers' shots went on goal. Vieira and Mahmoud Kafel (Fairfield, Conn.) each had three shots with Walsh and Konstantine Dekaneas (Ancaster, Ontario) adding two apiece.
The Pioneers open Northeast Conference play on Friday, Oct. 11 at St. Francis Brooklyn. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.