STONY BROOK, N.Y. – In all three games this season, the result of the Sacred Heart University women's soccer team's games have come down to goals scored in the final five minutes. At Stony Brook Sunday afternoon, junior defender Lauren Boccio (Dix Hills, N.Y.) netted her first goal of the season in the 86th minute to give the Pioneers a 2-1 victory over the Seawolves. The win improved SHU to 2-1, while SB dropped its fourth straight to sit a 1-4 on the season.
After a scoreless first half, freshman midfielder Kristin Verrette (Saugus, Mass.) found the back of the net for her first collegiate goal to put Sacred Heart on top with a shot to the top right corner. Classmate Jillian Picinich (Bellmore, N.Y.) also picked up her first collegiate point as she assisted on the play.
Trailing 1-0 with less than 10 minutes to play, Stony Brook junior forward Taryn Schoenbeck delivered a shot from 15 yards out, that was nearly saved as it deflected off Pioneer junior goalkeeper Sydney Judkins (South Park, Pa.), and into the net for the game-tying score.
For the game, Judkins totaled a season-high five saves in her first complete 90-minute game of the season. She has started all three games for SHU, but only played in the first half of the two previous games. In net for the Seawolves, sophomore Chelsea Morales stopped six shots in the loss.
The Pioneers held an 11-9 advantage in shots for the game, while putting eight on goal.
Sacred Heart returns to the field on Tuesday night as it visits in-state rival Yale at 7:00 pm.