Samantha Kee (Haskell, NJ) found the only goal of the game early in the second and senior goalkeeper Meghan Reichelt (Selden, NY) made six saves as the Pioneer women's soccer team earned a 1-0 win over Army Friday night at Campus Field. Leigh Dogmanits (Walnutport, PA) provided the assist on the goal that earns the Pioneers their first opening game win in eight years.
Sacred Heart (1-0-0) had the better scoring chances in the first half and outshot the Black Knights 6-3 in the first 45 minutes. Dogmanits nearly put the Pioneers on top seven minutes into the game after a corner kick from Alex Mack (Freeport, ME). The senior captains header was caught awkwardly by Army goalkeeper Alex Lostetter to keep the game tied.
Army (0-1-0) responded with a counter attack one minute after the Pioneers previous effort as Reichelt was forced to make her first save on a long shot Joey Molacek. SHU almost broke the ice at the 21:00 mark as Heather Quevillion (Dayville, CT) hit a one-timed volley from a cross just wide of the cage. Lindsay Elliott (Orange, CT) had a chance of her own at the end of the first half but her headed effort also drifted off target to send the two teams into the locker room still knotted at zero.
The Pioneers posted the first goal of the game, and of the 2010 season, on a set piece play 11 minutes into the second half. Dogmanits swung in a corner kick that Kee struck with perfect timing on a low volley that found the left side of the net, giving SHU a 1-0 advantage. Army had a golden opportunity to equalize but Reichelt robbed Black Knight striker Kim An, who ripped a one timer at point blank range. Sacred Heart had a chance to extend the lead with 15:00 remaining as Lucy Gildein made a solid run up the right side. The freshmen nearly threaded a pass through the Army defense but the Black Knights were able to clear the ball and end the attack.
Army would keep the pressure on late as Molacek struck a one timer at goal but Reichelt was positioned well to make the stop. The Pioneer defense would stand tall in the final ten minutes and keep the Black Knights away from the front of the net to secure the victory.
The women's soccer team returns to action this Sunday, August 22nd as they welcome the Providence Friars of the Big East to Campus Field. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 pm.