October 7, 2010

Women's Soccer Hosts Long Island and Wagner This Weekend

Pioneer Vision Women's Soccer Weekly Report - Interview With Lia Palmacci (Video)

Heading In... The Pioneers take on the NEC first place team in Long Island Friday night at Campus Field.  Sacred Heart comes off of a 1-0-1 opening week in Northeast Conference play after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson and battling to a scoreless draw with Bryant.  The Blackbirds are currently riding a nine game unbeaten streak, allowing just three goals during that span.  SHU continues NEC play Sunday afternoon against Wagner.

Defensive Dominance... The Pioneers have not allowed a goal in the previous 350 plus minutes of action while goaltender Meghan Reichelt has recorded three consecutive shutouts.  The senior goalkeeper made 10 saves in two games last week en route to being named the Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Sacred Heart student-athlete of the week.  Defender Alyssa Brandofino also ranks second for the Pioneers in 2010 with three assists.

Home Field Advantage...  Sacred Heart is 4-1-2 in the friendly confines of Campus Field this season.  The Pioneers are averaging two goals per game at home and have recorded two shutouts.  Junior Samantha Kee has proven to be especially dangerous on familiar turf, scoring four goals and two assists at Campus Field.

Scouting the Blackbirds... Statistically Long Island boasts the best defense in the NEC as well as the best goaltender in the nation.  LIU ranks sixth in division I allowing just 0.437 goals per game while placing third in the nation in shutout percentage.  Blackbird netminder Jessica Sexton ranks first in the country compiling a 0.125 goals against average in 2010, she also tops the NCAA rankings with a .963 save percentage.

Scouting the Seahawks... Wagner enters this weekend of NEC play with a seven game winless streak.  However, the Seahwaks posted two draws last weekend against league opponents to earn a pair of points in the standings.  Julie Vigliotti paces Wagner, a team that is 1-4-0 away on the road, on the scoreboard with five goals and three assists in 2010.  The Seahawks kick-off its conference weekend with a tilt in Teaneck, NJ against the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson.