Pioneers Edged Out by CCSU, 2-1, in NEC Women's Soccer Tilt
Oct. 9, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (October 9, 2005) - The Sacred Heart women's soccer team stuck first against three-time defending Northeast Conference champion Central Connecticut Sunday afternoon but it would be the Blue Devils who struck last scoring twice in a 10 minute span to come away with a 2-1 win in a key conference match-up. The Pioneers have dropped seven-straight to Central and are now 5-6 overall and 2-1 in league play this year. The Blue Devils remain a perfect 4-0 in the NEC and improve to 10-3 overall on the year.
The two teams played there way through a very defensive minded first half with five total shots being registered, none of which were on goal. It was a physical opening 45 minutes with the Central being called for nine fouls to SHU's eight.
The Pioneers jumped on the scoreboard first in the 57th minute on senior Katie Leahy's (West Warwick, RI) fifth goal of the year. Fellow senior Orlagh Cullen (Offlay, Ireland) popped a pass into the air that seemed to land right on Leahy's foot. The senior forward corralled the ball and made her way past a Central defender on the left side and had free sailing to the goal. Leahy got the Blue Devil keeper to come out and she quickly fired a shot into the top right corner for a 1-0 lead.
The one goal deficit seemed to kick start the Central Connecticut offense as they began to apply steady pressure on the SHU defense. The Blue Devils tied the score in the 69th minute. Cullen was given a yellow card at 59:33 and the Blue Devils set up for the free kick from 30 yards out. Freshman Siobhan McCaffrey lined up her kick from the right sideline and blasted the ball to the far left post where a host of Blue Devils where waiting. Fellow freshman Ingrid Bohlin was able to collect the loose ball and get it just past the Pioneer defense and keeper Ashley Mocarski (Stratford, CT).
Central kept their offense on the attack and were able to come up with the game winner just inside the 76th minute. The Pioneer defense tried to clear the ball down field following a CCSU corner kick but the ball was kept in senior Sophie Hopper. With SHU's defense trying to regroup, freshman Lauren Shepard collected the ball and sent a perfect crossing pass to the middle where junior Jessica McCavanagh turned and beat Mocarski to the top left corner for the game-winner.
Mocarski finished the day with three saves in taking the loss. Central's Ashley Ferra mad four saves for the Blue Devils.
The Pioneers are back in action next weekend with a trip to Pennsylvania for a pair of NEC games. SHU will be at Robert Morris on Friday, October 14th and at St. Francis (PA) on Sunday, October 16th.