Pioneers Tie Central Connecticut, 2-2

Oct. 20, 2006

Final Stats

New Britain, Conn. (October 20, 2006) - Senior Lisa Burbige (Babylon, NY) and freshman Mary Dick (Massapequa, NY) both scored as the Sacred Heart Pioneers played to a 2-2 double overtime tie at Central Connecticut in Northeast Conference women's soccer action Friday afternoon. With the tie, the Pioneers are now 3-12-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the NEC. CCSU moved to 6-8-2 overall and 3-2-2 in the league.

The Blue Devils got both of their goals off the foot of Kari Mancini, both were game tying goals.

Sacred Heart took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute on Dick's first career goal, an unassisted blast from 30 yards out. With SHU looking to head to the locker room with a one goal lead at the half, Mancini came up with her first marker of the afternoon. Rachel Caneen beat several Pioneer defenders down the left side of the box before Sacred Heart goalkeeper Ashley Mocarski (Stratford, CT) took the ball off her feet. The ball rolled to Mancini, however, and she put it home from inside the six.

The Pioneers regained the lead 12:27 into the second half on a goal by senior Lisa Burbige. Burbige took a feed from classmate Leslie Morales (Cortlandt Manor, NY) and beat Casey to the right side of goal.

SHU's defense couldn't hold and the Blue Devils knotted the game once again this time in 79th minute as Mancini put in the equalizer from just inside the 18 off a through ball from Jessica McCavanagh.

Neither team threatened in either overtime, with Sacred Heart taking the only two shots. Overall, Central Connecticut held a 17-12 shot advantage, while Sacred Heart posted a 7-4 edge on corner kicks.

Caity Casey finished with three saves, including one in the first overtime session for CCSU. Mocarski, a senior, totaled seven saves for the visitors.

Sacred Heart returns to the pitch on Sunday afternoon when they square off with Quinnipiac in Hamden, Connecticut at 2 pm.