Pioneers Advance to NEC Title Game with 2-1 Win over Fairleigh Dickinson
Nov. 5, 2004
TEANECK, NJ--The number four seeded Sacred Heart University Pioneers (8-8-2) upset top seed Fairleigh Dickinson University (8-9-3) in the Northeast Conference Women's Soccer Tournament semifinals by a score of 2-1 on Friday afternoon at University Stadium in Teaneck, NJ. Sacred Heart advances to Sunday's title game against defending champion Central Connecticut State, who defeated Quinnipiac 3-0 in the other semifinal. That game will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson at 11:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart opened up scoring 11 minutes into the match when Christel Kalweit (West Barnstable, MA) received Orlagh Cullen's (Offaly, Ireland) corner kick 14 yards in front of the goal and blasted it inside the left post.
Ten minutes later, Marguerite Ferrell (Rahway, NJ) evened the score, dribbling a pass from Jennifer Tarvin (Escondido, CA) down the center past a defender and pushing it past the goalkeeper.
Leslie Morales (Cortlandt manor, NY) came off the bench to net what would be the game-winner for Sacred Heart in the 43rd minute, taking control after a scramble in front of the net and patting it into the bottom right corner.
Andrea Maston (Fredericton, New Brunswick) played all 90 minutes in goal for the Knights, making one save. Ashley Mocarski (Stratford, CT) earned the win in between the posts for the Pioneers, making two saves in the first half. Fairleigh Dickinson, the NEC regular season champion, out-shot the Pioneers, 13-6.
Sacred Heart and CCSU will face-off for the second straigh year for the league title. Central won last season's championship defeating SHU on penalty kicks after the two teams played to a scoreless overtime tie.
The winner of the Sunday's championship game will receive the league's automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup.