BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's soccer team lost its Northeast Conference opener on Friday night 1-0 to the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
St. Francis Brooklyn (7-2-1, 1-0 NEC) tallied the lone goal in the 24th minute. Kevin Correia hit a free kick to Gabriel Bagot who one-touched the ball into the net from inside the box. Sacred Heart (3-8, 0-1 NEC) had a chance to level the match in the 29th minute but Konstantine Dekaneas' (Ancaster, Ontario) header went wide of goal. Kieran Walsh (River Vale, N.J.) also had a shot go wide of goal at the end of the first half.
The Terriers dominated possession early in the second half, earning a pair of corner kicks. Sacred Heart goalkeeper Tucker Hackett (Madison, Conn.) made two saves seconds apart in the 59th minute to keep the game 1-0. In the 68th minute, Joey Lyons (Hauppauge, N.Y.) had a chance to tie the game for the Pioneers but Terriers' goalkeeper Jack Binks made a save. Sacred Heart had one last gasp to force overtime in the 84th minute, but Artur Jorge's (Shelton, Conn.) free kick was corralled by Binks and St. Francis Brooklyn hung on for the win.
The Terriers outshot the Pioneers 16-8, including a 10-4 edge in the second half. Hackett made five saves for Sacred Heart as Binks made three for the clean sheet.
The Pioneers return home to Campus Field on Sunday, Oct. 13 for a 1 p.m. game against Central Connecticut State.