Fairfield, CT – The Sacred Heart women's soccer team was defeated Sunday afternoon by Saint Francis (PA) 1-0 in double overtime. The Pioneers were shutout 1-0 at home for the second straight game. The weather like Friday night was a factor again, this time delaying the game 53 minutes in the second half due to lightning.
Tesa Mckibben of Saint Francis (PA) allowed the Red Flash to walk off with the win, scoring in the 114th minute of the game. The goal was created by a perfect through ball from junior forward Barbara Maros de Carvolho Jr that allowed Mckibben to get passed the defense and squeak the ball past SHU goalkeeper Sydney Judkins (South Park, PA) to win the game.
The Pioneers have now gone two straight games without scoring a goal. Saint Francis (PA) goalkeeper Brianna Butcher played a great game in the net, notching 14 saves in the victory. Both teams had their opportunities in regulation but could not find the back of the net. Saint Francis had some extremely close opportunities. The first one coming in the 9th minute of the first half, when they barely missed on a header wide right of the goal. They also had a close chance in the 54th minute of the game on a strike from the right wing but were denied by a great diving save by Judkins. In the second overtime the Red Flash's Laura Stayrook had a near miss as well, almost putting one in from about 35 yards away in which the ball skidded off the wet turf and hit the cross bar.
It was not a great weekend for the Pioneers, losing back-to back one goal games, taking their record to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The Pioneers will next play on October 5th at NEC rival Monmouth.