August 28, 2009

La Salle Tops Pioneers 1-0 in Season Opener

Aug. 28, 2009

Box Score

Fairfield, CT - Sacred Heart outshot the Explorers 11-8 overall but La Salle notched the only goal of the game on a Melanie Gamble marker in the 79th minute as the Pioneers dropped their season opener 1-0 this afternoon at Campus Field. Meghan Reichelt (Selden, NY) made five saves for Sacred Heart while Gabby Pakhtigan tallied nine saves for La Salle, six in the second half.

La Salle (2-0-0) nearly jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an Ally Kenney shot from inside the 18 yard box but Reichelt made a diving save to her left to keep the game scoreless. Two minutes later the Pioneers had a chance of their own on two shots from Samantha Kee (Haskell, NJ) that each were stopped by Pakhtigian. Sacred Heart (0-1-0) threatened again with 16 minutes left in the half as Jasmine Rodriguez (Clinton, CT) found space on the left wing and sent a cross through the face of the goal that no one could deflect in.

The Explorers controlled the beginning of the scoreless second half but were unable to grab the lead as the Pioneers weathered the storm. However, La Salle would break through with 11:11 to play as a cross from Morgan Golden found its target on the opposite end of the box. Sara Copare corralled the pass and flicked the ball into the middle to Melanie Gamble who found an open net to give La Salle a 1-0 advantage.

The Pioneers would not go quietly and had their best scoring chance of the game with five minutes to play. Ashley Testani (Monroe, CT) sent in a free kick from 35 yards out to the right side of the penalty box. The ball was sent in from the wing and found the head of an open Lindsay Elliott (Orange, CT) who sent the ball towards the top left corner. Pakhitgan made a great save, getting a hand on the ball, and turned away a hard rebound shot from freshman Amanda Stiles (Miller Place, NY). Sacred Heart would not get another opportunity as La Salle came away with the 1-0 win.

The Pioneers return to action on Campus Field Sunday, August 30 at 1:00 pm as they host Longwood.