ORANGE, N.J.— The Sacred Heart men's soccer team fell to Seton Hall, 3-0 on Monday night at Owen T. Carrol stadium.
The Pirates (1-2-1) got on the board 11:30 into the first half as Andres Arcila sent a corner kick to Jonathan Jimenez who then headed a cross into the middle, there was a scrum in front of the net then Mario Prata chipped it in for the 1-0 score. The Pioneers (0-4-0) continued to push the attack firing off five shots before Seton Hall struck again before the halftime break. Prata and Gabriel Viola worked a give-and-go set play for the Pirates, with Viola collecting the ball and fired one that deflected off a Sacred Heart defender into the net for the 2-0 lead.
Sacred Heart narrowly picked up the first tally of the season as sophomore Riley Sullivan has his shot in the 69th minute hit the crossbar. The Pirates added an insurance tally in the 71st minute as Viola dished a long through ball to Jimenez who blasted it past Robert Strain for the eventual 3-0 final.
Seton Hall outshot Sacred Heart 15-13, with the shot on goal margin of 8-4. Senior Ezra Siyadhuba led the team with three shots, while freshman Alejandro Arribas recorded two shots on goal. Strain recorded four saves in net for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers open up a four game homestand this Saturday, September 9 when they take on Saint Peter's at 2:00 p.m.
- Strain picked up two saves early in the opening minutes as Seton Hall pushed the attack
- Arribas fired in the Pioneers first shot on goal at 5:32 looking to beat Seton Hall goalkeeper Elliot Munford.
- Ermir Celaj had a scoring chance from 12 yards out get knocked down by Munford in the 34th minute.
- Siyadhuba narrowly missed high in the 66th minute with his strike from 20 yards out.
- Sullivan had his sights set on the Pioneers first mark of the season but it bounced off the crossbar in the 69th minute.
- The Pioneer defense made a big stop on a rebound look from Marco Neves in the 76th minute.
- Sacred Heart had three corner kicks in the final four minutes but was unable to capitalize.