SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Sacred Heart men's soccer team lost its fifth consecutive game on Sunday, falling 1-0 to the Bryant Bulldogs at Bulldog Soccer Field.
Bryant (5-7, 2-1 NEC) controlled play early, firing five shots early with Sacred Heart (3-10, 0-3 NEC) goalkeeper Tucker Hackett (Madison, Conn.) making three saves. Mahmoud Kafel (Fairfield, Conn.) had the Pioneers' first shot of the game in the 28th minute go wide of the goal as Kieran Walsh's attempt in the 34th minute was saved by Bulldogs goalkeeper Chris Knaub. Knaub also stopped Walsh from scoring in the 38th minute. Bryant got on the scoreboard in the 39th minute. Curtis Orth headed the ball to Brett LaRocque who collected the ball at his feet and fired the ball into the goal to put Bryant ahead 1-0.
Hackett kept the Bryant lead to one goal early in the second half with a pair of saves. The Pioneers had one of their better chances to level the game in the 72nd minute. Kafel attempted a header in the box that was saved by Knaub. He also had a header go wide in the 76th minute, which happened to be Sacred Heart's last shot in the game as Bryant hung on for the 1-0 win.
Bryant outshot Sacred Heart 12-9 for the game. Kafel led all players in the game with four shots as Walsh had two shots on goal for the Pioneers. Bryant also held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. Hackett made five saves for Sacred Heart as Knaub had three for the shutout.
Sacred Heart travels to western Pennsylvania next weekend for a pair of conference games. The Pioneers take on Robert Morris on Friday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m.