Oct. 23, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (October 23, 2005) - Sacred Heart seniors Katie Leahy (Warwick, RI) and Erica Rico (Cranston, RI) each scored and fellow senior Orlagh Cullen (Offlay, Ireland) assisted on two scores as the Pioneer women's soccer team shut out Monmouth University, 3-0, on "Senior Day" Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers upped its record to 7-8-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the Northeast Conference while the Hawks fall to 4-8-3 and 2-4-1 in the league.
The two teams played through a scoreless first half with the both teams managing six total shot and Monmouth recording the lone shot on goal. The second half started and it was all Pioneers as the SHU seniors playing in their final home game stepped up to deliver the key conference win.
The Pioneers cracked the scoreless tie in the 48th minute converting on a corner kick. Cullen lined up to deliver the corner and sent a ball hurtling toward the far post for a waiting Leahy. The senior forward struck and just missed putting the ball off the left post. Leahy was able to corral the rebound and blast a shot that ricocheted off a Hawk defender and into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
SHU extended their lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute when Leahy helped set up teammate Leslie Morales (Cortlandt, Manor, NY). Leahy got the ball at the 30-yard line and made her way up the left side where she sent a perfect crossing pass to a waiting Morales in the middle of the box, who collected and fired into the top right corner.
Cullen helped close out the scoring in the 80th minute, this time sending a pass to fellow senior Rico. A Monmouth foul led to a free kick from about 45-yards out. Cullen lofted the ball into the box where Rico was able to get enough of her foot on the ball to pop her shot over the oncoming Addie Kozlowksi in goal for her team-leading eighth goal of the year. Cullen now has 10 assists on the year, a NEC leading mark.
The trio along with fellow senior Meghan Sullivan (Windham, NH) were all honored before the game for their contributions to the women's soccer team both on and off the field of play. Sullivan earned the start in the defensive backfield for the Pioneers.
Junior Ashley Mocarski (Stratford, CT) made three saves in earning her fifth shutout of the year. Kozlowski and Katie Buffa split time in goal for the Hawks with Kozlowski taking the loss but making two saves.
The Pioneers will close out the regular season next weekend with a pair of games. Friday they travel to Wagner followed by a stop at Long Island on Sunday. SHU is still in the hunt for a playoff berth entering the day tied for fourth in the standings. The top-four teams advance to the NEC tournament.