STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.— The Sacred Heart women's soccer team picked up its fourth shutout victory in Northeast Conference play with a 3-0 win over Wagner on Sunday afternoon. Junior Nicole Sambuco registered four saves for the Pioneers (7-10, 4-3 NEC) for her fifth shutout of the season.
SHU got on the board in the 36th minute as sophomore Caitlyn Buckley sent the ball into the box on the long pass. Seahawks (3-10-3, 0-5-1 NEC) keeper Katie Viscardi attempted to clear it but junior Alex Mesropyan was there to head in her fifth goal of the season.
The Pioneers carried the momentum over into the second half as Buckley set up the second goal of the game off the free kick in the 67th minute. The sophomore crossed the kick in from the left side, finding senior Kim McNally in stride near the far post for the header goal. Junior Melanie DaSilva capped the scoring in the 78th minute with a missile to the top left corner from 15 yards out for her fifth goal on the year. The Sacred Heart defense held Wagner to zero shots on goal in the second half.
Sacred Heart outshot Wagner 16-10 on the afternoon with a 9-4 margin of shots on goal. Sambuco now has 13 shutouts in her career and is third in the NEC this season in shutouts.
The Pioneers return home looking to get a NEC Tournament berth in the regular season finale at Park Ave. Field against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m.
- Sambuco picked up all four saves in the opening half, including a header by Maria Nunez in the 40th minute.
- Mesropyan's fifth goal in the 36th minute gives her 11 points on the season.
- The Pioneer offense outshot Wagner 11-4 in the second half.
- McNally now has three goals on the year.
- DaSilva leads the team with 12 points on five goals and two assists.