NEW YORK – The Sacred Heart men's soccer team was tied at Columbia 1-1 at halftime Wednesday night, but the Lions held the Pioneers to one shot in the second half and came away with a 2-1 win.
Columbia (8-4-3) scored two minutes into the game when David Najem scored on a penalty kick. Sacred Heart (4-13) tied the game in the 15th minute when Ronaldo Vieira (Farmington, Mass.) played the ball through the Lions' defense to Mahmoud Kafel (Fairfield, Conn.). Kafel then beat Columbia goalkeeper Kyle Jackson to his right to make the score 1-1. The Pioneers threatened to take the lead four minutes later but Jackson stopped Christiano Lopes' (South Windsor, Conn.) shot off of a corner kick. Tucker Hackett (Madison, Conn.) did his part for Sacred Heart to keep the score 1-1, making three saves late in the half to keep the score level heading into the second half.
Columbia dominated possession to start the second half, firing four shots on goal in the first six minutes. Hackett was equal to the task, stopping all four shots. The Lions broke through with the go-ahead goal in the 59th minute. Andrew Tinari fired a shot off the cross bar that bounced down and over the goal line, giving Columbia a 2-1 lead. The Pioneers were held to one shot in the second half as Columbia hung on for the win.
The Lions outshot Sacred Heart 23-5 for the game. Three of the Pioneers' five shots were on goal. Hackett made eight saves in goal for Sacred Heart.
The Pioneers wrap up the 2013 season on Sunday, Nov. 10 when Sacred Heart hosts Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.