New Britain, CT - The Sacred Heart women's soccer team wrapped up the 2010 campaign with a scoreless draw Sunday afternoon against Central Connecticut State. The Pioneers finish the season with a winning record for the first time since 2003 and narrowly miss the Northeast Conference tournament field for a second consecutive year. CCSU needed only the draw to advance to the NEC playoffs next weekend as the #4 seed.
Sacred Heart (8-6-5, 4-3-3 NEC) outshot the Blue Devils 3-2 in the opening half but could not fire one on target. Sophomore Sydney Judkins (South Park, PA) made one save in the first half and five total to earn the first clean sheet of her career. The Pioneers managed four shots on goal the rest of the game but CCSU netminder Nikola Deiter was equal to the task to pickup a shutout as well.
Central Connecticut State (9-8-2, 5-3-2 NEC) outshot SHU 13-8 overall and took the only two attempts on goal during overtime. Sacred Heart took five corner kicks to five for the home team but rang up 11 fouls to six for CCSU. The contest also saw three cautions in a physical battle but in the end SHU would not be able to find a game winning tally to extend the 2010 campaign.
This marks the second consecutive season the Sacred Heart women's soccer team has been knocked out of the playoff chase in the final weekend of the regular season. The 2010 Northeast Conference tournament will feature #1 Long Island, #2 Saint Francis (PA), #3 Quinnipiac and #4 Central Connecticut State with semifinals taking place November 7th and the championship game to be contested Sunday, November 9th.