Sept. 29, 2009
Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart men’s soccer team posted a 4-0 victory Tuesday afternoon against Yale in SHU’s final game before the start of conference play. Giancarlo Massaro (Woodbridge, CT) put the Pioneers on the board fist scoring on a rebound. Marcello Castro (Parana, Brazil), Brian Francolini (Ellington, CT), and Justin Brewer (Somers, CT) also scored for the Pioneers. Alex Fait (Ottawa, Canada) made six saves in net for SHU and earned his third clean sheet of 2009.
Yale (2-3-2) controlled the action throughout most of the first half outshooting the Pioneers 10-4. Fait made five of his six saves in the first half, including two early in the game to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. The Pioneers would break through in the 38th minute after the Yale goalkeeper could not control a blast of a free kick off the foot Jesper Fredriksson (Gothenburg, Sweeden) from 35 yards out and Massaro put in the rebound for the easy goal. SHU would strike again just before the half on another set piece play as Castro found the back of the net from 30 yards out after a pass from Aaron Kiely (London, England).
Sacred Heart (3-3-0) retained their momentum throughout the second half and extended their lead to 3-0 in the 75th minute. Edwin Victor (Bridgeport, CT) forced a Bulldog turnover at midfield and dished the ball off to Francolini. The freshman forward made a run up the right side and deposited the ball into the lower left corner of the net for his first collegiate goal. Yale had an opportunity just two minutes later but Justin Song’s shot rang off the crossbar to keep the shutout intact. The Pioneers iced the game with five minutes to play on Brewer’s first career goal as he headed in a cross from Francolini. The Bulldogs continued to play hard and nearly ruined Fait’s shutout but their final shot bounced off the woodwork as time expired.
The Pioneers will open up Northeast Conference play this Friday, October 2nd as they host #10 in the nation Monmouth. Game time is set for 4:00 pm at Campus Field.