September 26, 2008

Men's Soccer Shocks #18 Dartmouth, 1-0

Sept. 26, 2008

Final Stats

Fairfield, CT - Senior Jason Tessitore (Orange, CT) scored the only goal of the game and the Sacred Heart defense held firm in the final minutes as the Sacred Heart men's soccer team upset 18th ranked Dartmouth, 1-0, Friday at Campus Field. The win was the first time Sacred Heart has defeated a ranked opponent since beating Fairleigh Dickinson during the 2005 season.

Tessitore's goal came in the 41st minute. Sophomore Lusiano Dadario (East Haven, CT) carried the ball up the middle of the field and played it towards the far corner to Tessitore. The senior cut into the box, dribbled around his defender and placed the ball perfectly on the far post, into the right corner of the net.

"This a huge win for the Sacred Heart program," head coach Joe Barroso said. "It helps the team earn a lot of respect from around the region and the country."

Dartmouth dominated the game offensively, outshooting the Pioneers 14-4. The Big Green had nearly all the best scoring chances as well, including an 8-0 advantage on corner kicks.

In the 77th minute, Dartmouth's Andrew Olson set up for a corner kick. He served the ball into the middle where Maarteen van Ess got off a stron header. However, goaltender Matt Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) was able to make one of his four saves. In the 80th minute, van Ess ripped a shot from the middle of the box that appeared ticketed for the left post, but senior Matt Mones (Trumbull, CT) stuck is foot out and deflected the ball wide. Dartmouth had one more opportunity in the 83rd minute but Lucky Mkosana's header sailed high over the goal.

"The defense has been the foundation of this team for the last four years," Barroso said. "With all the seniors we have this year its good to see there hard work turn into results on the field."

The Pioneers are off until October 11th when they open Northeast Conference play at Fairleigh Dickinson.