Pioneers Nab First NEC Win, 1-0 Over Wagner; Head Coach Joe Barroso Garners 100th Career Victory
Oct. 3, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (October 3, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's soccer team earned their first Northeast Conference win of the season Sunday afternoon and in the process gave head coach Joe Barroso his 100th career victory. The Pioneers edged out Wagner College, 1-0, on Campus Field to improve to 3-6-2 overall and 1-1-2 in the league. The Seahawks fall to 2-8-0 and 1-3-0 in the NEC with the loss.
SHU came out of the gate fast and tested Wagner goalkeeper Ashley Wilson with four quick shots in the game's opening minutes. The Pioneers continued to dictate tempo for much of the first 45 minutes of play, out shooting the Seahawks 16-2 in the half. SHU was able to keep play in the Wagner half for much of the half but couldn't convert and opportunities.
Freshman Meagan Riemer (Ellington, CT) finally broke the Pioneers through in the 51st minute of play, when pushing the ball up the right side line she lofted a shot toward goal that just sailed over Wilson and into the back left corner of the goal for what proved to be the game winner. For Riemer, it was the first goal of her collegiate career.
Sacred Heart managed 11 more shots in the second half, but Wilson kept Wagner alive coming up with 11 total saves on the day. The Seahawks managed a late charge, but a determined Pioneer defense locked down in the final minutes to preserve the win. Pioneer goalkeeper Kathleen Mulheran (Edina, MN) made four saves in earning her first career win and picking-up her second shutout on the year.
Barroso, currently in his eighth season as the Pioneer head coach, reached the 100th victory milestone in his third try since SHU beat Albany earlier in the year. He currently has a 100-105-15 career record in his 12 years as a head coach.
The Pioneers return to the field on Friday, October 8th when they travel to Monmouth for a 12 pm match.