September 12, 2006

Pioneers Edge Holy Cross in OT, 3-2

Sept. 12, 2006

Final Stats

Fairfield, CT - Freshman Jesper Fredriksson (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored two goals, including the game winner in the 97th minute, as the Pioneers topped Holy Cross, 3-2, in overtime in men's soccer action Tuesday at Campus Field.

Fredriksson's game winner was set up off a long run down the sideline by sophomore Jason Tessitore (Ansonia, CT). Tessitore then fired a centering pass into the middle of the field and Fredriksson used his height advantage to jump above the defenders and head the ball toward the net. The ball trickled just past the outstretched arms of Crusader goaltender Thomas Booth and over the goal line to give the Pioneers the win.

Sacred Heart got off to a fast start when Fredriksson and Tessitore hooked up on a play in the 16th minute that was similar to the game winner. Tessitore took the ball down the right sideline and fired a cross-field pass to Fredriksson who simply stuck out his foot and pushed the ball into the net. Fredriksson now has a team leading three goals on the season.

The Crusaders tied the game halfway through the opening stanza thanks to a mistake by the Pioneers. Goaltender Matthew Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) had an attempt at a punt go off the side of his foot and Josh Trott was right there to put the ball into the back of the net to even the score.

The Pioneers were forced to play the second half a man down after junior Ricarti Mendes (Campinas, Brazil) was sent off with a red card in the 45th minute for dangerous play. Castrillon gave Holy Cross the lead in the 59th minute after using a dribble fake to deke past Jones and scoring.

Sacred Heart battled back to tie the game with just under five minutes remaining in regulation. After a scramble in front of the Crusader net, the ball bounced out to junior Brice Victor (Bridgeport, CT) who fired a shot into the right corner of the net to tie the game.

The game was a physical affair, as the Pioneers were called for 17 fouls and the Crusaders 12. In addition to Mendes' red card, Gustavo Netto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) also received a yellow card in the second half for the Pioneers. Sefton Kincaid and Felipe Castrillon received cautions for the Crusaders.

Sacred Heart out-shot Holy Cross 14-5 for the game. Booth made six saves in net for the Crusaders while Jones had to make two stops for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers (2-1-1) travel to Wisconsin this weekend to participate in the Nike Soccer Classic. Sacred Heart will face host Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday. Game time is 2:30 pm.