Pioneers Post Fourth-Straight Shutout, Blank Quinnipiac 3-0, Clinch NEC Bid
Nov. 4, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (November 4, 2005) - The Sacred Heart men's soccer team ran it's unbeaten streak to eight-straight games Friday afternoon, posting a 3-0 shutout win over visiting Quinnipiac University in Northeast Conference action. Freshman Matthew Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) made five saves to post his fourth-straight shutout and improve the Pioneers to 7-5-4 overall and 4-1-3 in the NEC. The win coupled with a 2-0 loss by St. Francis (PA) to St. Francis (NY) means that the Pioneers have clinched a berth in the NEC men's soccer tournament. It's the first time in school history that the Pioneers have been in the NEC playoffs.
Sacred Heart got on the scoreboard in the 11th minute when senior Glenn Wilken (Ridgefield, CT) sent a soaring crossing pass down field to freshman Luke Gagliardi (North Branford, CT) who collected the ball and lobbed his shot over the out stretched hands of the QU goalie Kenneth Lewis.
The Pioneers made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when sophomore Brice Victor (Bridgeport, CT) was pulled down by a Quinnipiac player on a breakaway and SHU was awarded a penalty kick. Senior Nick Loyd (Plymouth, MN) lined up to take the kick and blasted a shot toward the left post. Lewis managed to get his hands on the ball but the power of Loyd's blast proved too much and the Pioneers held a two-goal advantage into the half.
SHU wasted little time in salting away the game in the second half, posting their third goal just 59 seconds into play. Wilken once again played a cross into the box where senior Gustavo Netto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) settled the ball and blasted a shot, left side for his second goal of the season.
The Bobcats, now 6-10-1 and 3-4-1 in the NEC, out shot the Pioneers, 14-10 in the game and 7-2 in the second half. Three of Jones' five saves came in the second half of play as the freshman standout recorded his seventh shutout of the season.
Sunday's kickoff with Central will take place at 1:00 pm. A "Senior Day" ceremony will take place prior to the game to honor this year's graduating seniors.