The SHU women's soccer team will play Saint Francis (PA) Friday at 7:00 pm before taking on Robert Morris Sunday at 1:00 pm on senior day. The six graduating seniors will be honored before kick-off on Sunday. The Pioneers currently sit in third in the NEC standings but will need to win down the stretch as nine teams remain in the hunt for just four spots in the Northeast Conference tournament.
Heading In... Today, the Pioneers welcome the Red Flash of Saint Francis (PA) to Campus Field for a crucial Northeast Conference contest. Sacred Heart sits tied for third in the NEC standings, just one point behind the Red Flash. The Pioneers return home after a road trip that included a dramatic 2-1 win over Mount St. Mary's and a scoreless draw against Monmouth. Last weekend Saint Francis (PA) netted home wins over Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State, 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.
Dogmanits Nets Game Winner... Senior captain Leigh Dogmanits struck home the game winning goal with 33 seconds remaining in regulation in the Pioneers 2-1 victory over the Mountaineers Friday afternoon. SHU trailed 1-0 at the half but rallied to pick up its first come from behind road win of 2010. The game winner was the third of Dogmanits' career as well as her third overall tally this season.
Brandofino Named adidas/NEC Defensive Player of the Week... Freshman Alyssa Brandofino secured her first collegiate honor picking up the adidas/NEC defensive player of the week award. Brandofino assisted on both of the SHU goals against Mount St. Mary's, swinging in great passes on set piece plays. The freshman defender also helped her team along the backline in a tight 0-0 draw with Monmouth.
Scouting the Red Flash... Saint Francis (PA) boasts the best statistcal attack in the NEC, leading the league in points, goals, and assists per game. Tesa McKibben paces the powerful offense with nine goals and seven assists for 25 total points in 2010.
Scouting the Colonials... Robert Morris looks to rebound from a tough two games at home last weekend as they came away with just one point, drawing Quinnipiac 0-0 and falling to Central Connecticut 2-0. Opponents are outscoring RMU 12-5 in the first half of play but only 12-10 in the final 45 minutes of regulation. Ayana Davis leads the offense with six goals this season while netminder Jessica Olin anchors the defense with a 1.56 goals against average and a .812 save percentage.