Pioneers Fall to Stony Brook In Final Non-Conference Matchup

Pioneers Fall to Stony Brook In Final Non-Conference Matchup

AIRFIELD, Conn.— The Sacred Heart women's soccer team wrapped up non-conference play with a 4-0 loss to Stony Brook on Friday. The Pioneers (3-7) 8-0-1 unbeaten streak at home dating back to September 24, 2016 snapped by the Seawolves at Park Ave. Field. 

Stony Brook offense set the tempo early as Rachel Florenz played a through ball to Alyssa Francese who then beat a pair of Pioneer defenders outside the box and fired one into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. SHU nearly added the equalizer in the 20th minute off junior Danielle Karpiej's corner kick, classmate Alex Mesropyan missed with the header just over the crossbar. The Seawolves picked up the second goal of the half on a header by Allyson Baner courtesy of the corner kick touch from Sam Goodwin in the 22nd minute. 

The second half got off to a slow start with both teams picking up a blocked shot in the first 25 minutes. Karpiej fired the Pioneers lone shot on goal of the game in the 68th minute but was scooped up by Sofia Manner. The Seawolves attack picked up two goals in a three-minute span, courtesy of a header by Chase Rome in the 73rd minute and Julie Johnstonbaugh capping the scoring in the 76th minute for the 4-0 final.

SHU was out shot 13-4 in the game, Stony Brook also held corner kick advantage 5-2. Junior goalkeeper Nicole Sambuco made four saves for the Pioneers. 

The Pioneers open Northeast Conference play on Friday, September 29 at Saint Francis University. The match is set to start at 3:00 p.m.


First Half

  • Corner kick feed from Kapriej in the 20th minute was almost timed perfectly by Mesropyan who stepped into the ball for the header but missed a near two over the crossbar.
  • Sambuco made a diving stop on a shot by Michaela Goglia in the 37th minute.
  • Seawolves held 6-2 shot advantage.

Second Half

  • Mesropyan had her second shot of the afternoon blocked by the Stony Brook defense in the 59th minute.
  • Karpiej had the Pioneers best scoring chance of the day with her shot from the right side in the 68th minute but Manner denied the ball with the save.
  • Pioneers were held without a shot over the final 22 minutes in regulation.
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