Sept. 22, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT (September 22, 2006) - Sophomore Britney Dupee (Portland, ME) tallied two goals to help the Sacred Heart women's soccer squad secure their first win of the season, 3-2, over the Holy Cross Crusaders at Campus Field on Friday afternoon.
In a contest where both teams had missed several scoring opportunities, Sacred Heart, who started the year 0-8, came up empty on three breakaways in the opening half against Holy Cross goalkeeper Jessica Pietrowicz.
The Pioneers received a big momentum swing with 2:57 left in the first half, when junior defender Patricia Santangelo (Rocky Hill, CT) threw in a perfect pass to the box where midfielder Dupee managed to get her head on the ball off the bounce and into the back of the net. Dupee's first goal of the season gave the Pioneers a 1-0 advantage heading into the locker room.
In the 54th minute, Holy Cross came roaring back as Meighan Kelly weaved through the Pioneers defense and blasted a shot past Sacred Heart goaltender Ashley Mocarski (Stratford, CT) off the low left post to even the score at one apiece.
It only took 1:14 for the Pioneers to answer right back and deflate any momentum the Holy Cross goal brewed. Senior forward Leslie Morales (Cortlandt Manor, NY) received and deflected a sharp pass from junior Allison Rojas (Manorville, NY) into the goal past Pietrowicz for her first score of the campaign.
To continue the back and forth streak in the 57th minute, the Crusaders evened the score once again at 2-2, when sophomore mid-fielder Casey Boland buried a penalty shot. The Pioneers escaped a Crusader scoring opportunity to take the lead when midfielder Lauren Pereira was awarded a free kick, but missed, sailing her shot high.
Strong defense on both sides took over until the 84th minute when Dupee struck again for the game-winner. It was déjà vu all over again as Santangelo delivered a perfect throw in with Dupee delivering the header to clinch the victory.
Holy Cross goalkeeper Pietrowicz made eight saves in the loss while SHU's Mocarski turned away three shots. The Pioneers held a slim advantage on shots, 16-14.
The Pioneers look to extend their winning ways against Maine this Sunday at Campus Field. Game time is slated for 11 am.