Sept. 17, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (September 17) - The Sacred Heart University men's soccer team used a pair of first half goals from Carlos Caracas (West Haven, CT) and Gustavo Netto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) to hold off a physical University of Maine team Friday afternoon at Campus Field.
The Pioneers drew first blood in the 29th minute when Caracas was able to work himself free to head home a corner kick from sophomore Ricarti Mendes (Campinas, Brazil) to put SHU up 1-0. The Pioneers would extend their lead when freshman Dan North (Scunthrope, UK) would put on a brilliant display of footwork, eventually getting a through ball to Netto, who did the play justice, finding the back of the net in the 36th minute. Sacred Heart would carry the 2-0 lead into the interval.
Both teams stepped up the intensity in the second half, as shown by the five cautions given by the referees. The Black Bears would get on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute when Kevin Forgett was able to beat SHU goalkeeper Chris Marchese (Middletown, CT), however, the Black Bears would fail to mount a serious scoring threat for the remainder of the contest.
The win marks the first of the season for the Pioneers. Matt Weston (Storrs, CT) got credit for the victory, despite having to leave shortly into the second half with an injury, only having to make one save. His replacement, Marchese, also only needed to make one save in relief. Chad Mungeon collected five saves for the Black Bears.
Sacred Heart returns to action Wednesday, September 22 when they host Stony Brook. Kickoff is at 4:00 PM.