Oct. 1, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (October 1, 2004) - Sacred Heart freshman Dana Sheftic (Baldwinsville, NY) made her first collegiate goal count Friday afternoon, tying the game late in regulation to force overtime and give SHU a 1-1 tie with Long Island University. The tie was the second-straight for the Pioneers who are now 2-6-2 overall and 0-1-2 in the Northeast Conference. LIU, who currently sits atop the conference standings, is now 5-3-1 and 2-0-1 in the league.
Long Island wasted little time getting on the board early in the first half, scoring just 5:17 into play. Junior Meghann McCormick served a ball over the SHU defense where sophomore Christine Gans was waiting to promptly head the ball past goalie Ashley Mocarski (Stratford, CT). The Blackbirds controlled much of play in the first half yet managed just three shots over the first 45 minutes.
The Blackbirds carried much of their first half momentum into the second half, controlling the tempo but coming up with limited scoring chances. The Pioneers thought they had the game tied in the 54th minute when junior Orlagh Cullen (Offlay, Ireland) played a long pass to senior Christel Kalweit (West Barnstable, MA) who settled the ball and blasted a shot of the cross bar. LIU keeper Stephanie Kansky quickly snatched up the ball before it crossed the goal line.
Sacred Heart, who fired 16 shots on Kansky, finally broke through in the 80th minute as senior Nathalie Urbas (Pickering, Ontario) fired a shot from the top of the box that Sheftic managed to get her foot on and redirect past the Blackbird keeper.
Each team had solid opportunities to score in the final minutes. SHU's Kalwiet broke free down the left side and put a shot on the left post but Kansky was there waiting. With three minutes to play in regulation, LIU's Allison Andreano fired toward the far post but Pioneer goal Kathleen Mulheran (Edina, MN) made a diving save.
SHU fired six shots toward goal in the overtime while LIU managed three before time expired to produce the final 1-1 score. Kansky recorded six saves in goal for the Blackbirds while Mocarski made one save in the fist half and Mulheran saved three shots over the final 65 minutes of play.
The Pioneers are right back in action this Sunday afternoon, October 3rd when they host Wagner College at 1:00 pm.