Sept. 24, 2004
NEW BRITAIN, CT (September 24, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's soccer team opened their Northeast Conference schedule Friday afternoon, falling to two-time defending champion Central Connecticut, 3-1, in New Britain. The Pioneers fall to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in the NEC with the loss while CCSU evens its record at 4-4 overall and move to 1-0 in league play.
The Blue Devils got on the scoreboard first on Jess McCavanaugh's first goal of the year, coming 24:11 into play. McCavanaugh took a feed from Sophie Hopper and beat Pioneer goalie Ashley Mocarski (Stratford, CT) for the 1-0 advantage.
CCSU struck again early in the second half, netting a goal just 3:10 into play. Danielle D'Ambrosio scored unassisted, beating Kathleen Mulheran (Edina, MN), who started the second half in goal for the Pioneers.
Sacred Heart sliced the lead to 2-1 in the 54th minute when senior Jasmine Urbas (Pickering, Ontario) converted a corner kick off the foot of junior Orlagh Cullen's (Offlay, Ireland) into her second goal on the year. The Blue Devils boosted the lead back to two goals in the 61st minute on McCavanaugh's second tally of the day, putting any hopes of a SHU comeback in doubt.
Both Mocarski and Mulheran faced 20 shots and combined to make seven saves in the loss. Central's Sabrina Mariani turned away 12 shots to earn her fourth victory of the season.
The Pioneers have now lost five-straight to the Blue Devils with two of those losses coming in the NEC Tournament. SHU is 1-7 versus CCSU since joining the conference in 1999.
Sacred Heart will go for its first conference win and second crack at earning head coach Joe Barroso his 100th career win this Sunday when the travel to Quinnipiac University for a 1:00 pm start.