Fairfield, CT – The Sacred Heart women's soccer team is set to begin their 2013 campaign this coming Friday when they travel to the University of Vermont to participate in the TD Bank Classic. SHU will take on host Vermont on Friday afternoon before facing off with the University of New Hampshire on Sunday.
Sacred Heart went 9-9-1 last season and 6-3-1 in the NEC, before falling to Saint Francis University in the semi-finals of the conference tournament. The Pioneers have lost to SFU in the in the last two NEC Tournament semi-finals.
SHU will be led this season by senior captains Alyssa Brandofino (East Northport, NY), and Sydney Judkins (South Park, PA), and also junior midfielder and captain Kristin Verrette (Saugus, MA). Judkins only gave up 12 goals all of last season, playing in all 19 games. She recorded five shutouts in 2012 and her 0.77 goals against average ranked second best in the Northeast Conference and third all-time in Sacred Heart history.
Sacred Heart's leading goal scorer from a year ago, Dana Cosmedy (Monroe, CT), will also be returning for the Pioneers after making the NEC All-Rookie team in her maiden season at SHU. Cosmedy tied departed senior Jen Mulvey last season with four goals. SHU also welcomes eleven new freshmen to the squad this season.
Head Coach Kim Banner is beginning her 9th season at the helm of SHU women's soccer. Former SHU soccer player Mary Dick enters her first season as an assistant coach.
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