Pioneers Ousted in NEC Tournament, 2-0, at Central Connecticut
Nov. 4, 2005
Three-time defending champion and top-seeded Central Connecticut used two second half goals to advanced to its fourth straight Northeast Conference Championship game defeating Sacred Heart 2-0 in New Britain on Friday afternoon in the first of two semifinal games to be played on Friday. The Blue Devils, now 16-3 on the season, will face either Long Island or St. Francis (PA) in Sunday's championship game at 12:00 noon in New Britain. Sacred Heart finishes its season with an 8-10-1 overall mark.
The two teams played a scoreless first half with the Blue Devils holding a 5-2 advantage in shots. Sacred Heart goalkeeper Ashley Mocarski made a pair of saves for the Pioneers while Blue Devil goalkeeper Ashley Ferra made one save on a direct kick by the Pioneers in the half.
The Blue Devils broke through at the 58:52 mark on the second half when First Team All-Conference forward Jessica McCavanagh beat Mocarski in the lower right corner with her ninth goal of the year to give the Blue Devils the 1-0 advantage. Freshman Siobhan McCaffrey had the assist for CCSU.
Central Connecticut upped its lead to 2-0 with under 3:00 to play in the second half when freshman Lauren Shepland took a cross from fellow freshman Ingrid Bohlin with 87:09 on the clock and beat Mocarski in the lower left corner of the goal. It was Shepland's second goal of the season.
Mocarski made five saves in goal in the loss for Sacred Heart. Ferra, who posted a new school-record with her ninth shutout of the season, made a pair of saves for the Blue Devils. The 2005 Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year ups her record to 13-2 on the year. At 16-3, Central Connecticut matches its school-record for victories in a season.
Central Connecticut outshot Sacred Heart 11-4 in the game including 6-2 in the second half. Each team had a pair of corner kicks on the day.
CCSU advances to Sunday's NEC Championship game for the fourth straight season. The game will kickoff at noon in New Britain on the CCSU Soccer Field