Sept. 13, 2009
Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart women's soccer team defeated Maine 2-0 Sunday afternoon on campus field, marking the program's first ever victory over the Black Bears. Ashley Testani (Monroe, CT) and Samantha Kee (Haskell, NJ) each notched an unassisted goal for the Pioneers. Junior goalkeeper Meghan Reichelt (Selden, NY) earned her third shutout of the season and has posted a clean sheet in all three Pioneer wins in 2009.
Sacred Heart (3-3-0) struck first in the 21st minute as Testani lofted a ball over a crowd of defenders from just outside the 18 yard box. The ball found the feet of Testani after the Black Bears failed to clear the defensive zone following a SHU corner kick. Maine would have a golden opportunity to even the score two minutes later but forward Laura Martel would be denied by the post. In the final seconds of the first half Kelsey Wilson nearly evened the score but Reichelt (Selden, NY) deflected it just over the crossbar to preserve the Pioneers 1-0 lead heading into the half.
Maine (2-3-1) came out firing early in the second half and earned had a golden opportunity to even the game just 45 seconds into the second frame. Reichelt turned away the shot from Veronique Fleury at point blank range to keep Sacred Heart on top. In the 60th minute SHU appeared to have taken a 2-0 lead on a rocketed shot from Lauren Boccio (Dix Hills, NY). The ball hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down but was ruled no goal by the center referee.
The Pioneers would get a 2-0 advantage in the 63rd minute as Kee made a fantastic solo effort , running past the defense and beat the charging goal keeper. Maine would try and bounce back with two quick shots on goal just seconds after the Pioneers marker, but both shots were saved by Reichelt. The Black Bears nearly cut the Sacred Heart lead in half after a free kick from Wilson following a Reiclelt tackle that earned the SHU keeper a yellow card. That effort would prove to be the last scoring chance for Maine as Sacred Heart picked up its third win of the season and moves back to .500.
The win snaps a seven game losing streak against Maine dating back to 2000. The Pioneers win total now surpasses that of one season ago. Sacred Heart returns to action on the road as they take on Stony Brook September 18 at 7:00 pm.