Pioneers Visit Providence and Yale in the Week Ahead

Alex Fait (1)
Alex Fait (1)

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's soccer team, ranked second in the NSCAA/ North Atlantic Region, enters the third week of the season with a 4-0 record and faces a pair of non-conference opponents on the road.  The Pioneers open the week at Providence, this afternoon at 3:00 pm.  On Saturday the team visits intrastate rival Yale for a 7:00 pm kickoff.

About the Pioneers... Sacred Heart has raced out to a 4-0 start, the best in the program's Division I history, and takes that record on the road to Providence and Yale this week.   Sophomore defender Marcello Castro (Panana, Brazil) leads the team in scoring with three goals, matching his 2009 total, and one assist for seven total points.  Classmate Brian Francolini (Ellington, Conn.) ranks second on the team in scoring with one goal and one assist.  Junior goalkeeper Alex Fait (Ottawa, Ont.) holds a 0.71 goals against average and has turned away opponents' shots at a rate of .857.

Scouting the Friars... Providence sits at 1-1-1 on the year.  Freshman forward Greg Davis leads the team in scoring after recording a pair of goals through three games.  Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando has started all three games in net and sports a 1.62 GAA and .643 save percentage.  PC opened its season with a 2-1 victory over Rhode Island, followed up by a scoreless tie at Brown.  Most recently, the Friars fell at #23 Michigan State, 4-0.

Scouting the Bulldogs... Yale has dropped each of its first four decisions to start the 2010 season.  Senior midfielder Andy Shorten has netted a pair of goals to lead the team in scoring.   Sophomore netminder Bobby Thalman holds a 1.70 GAA and a .720 save percentage.  The Bulldogs host Central Connecticut tonight at 7:00 pm in their home opener.

Last Time Out... SHU defeated Adelphi, 2-1 in overtime, on the road.  Castro scored the first goal of the game on a free kick that skidded beneath the Panthers' wall and into the net.  In the extra fram Francolini notched his first goal of the game to give the Pioneers their fourth straight win.  In the cage, Fait stopped seven shots to preserve the victory.

Last Time vs. PC... A year ago, Sacred Heart fell to Providence, in double overtime, 2-1 on Campus Field.  Timothy Ritter posted the game winner in the 109th minute.  The Friars held a slight edge in shots, 15-14, for the game.  Fait made 10 saves, to PC keeper Timothy Murray's five.

Last Time vs. Yale... The Pioneers had their most impressive offensive performance of the 2009 season, a year in which theyr totaled only 16 goals, with a 4-0 thrashing against the Bulldogs on Campus Field.  As freshman, Castro, Francolini, and Justin Brewer (Somers, Conn.) all recorded goals for Sacred Heart.  Fait earned the shutout by making six saves.

Up Next... The Pioneers play their final game of a four game road stretch at Iona on Wednesday September 22 at 3:00 pm.  On October 1, Sacred Heart returns home to host Long Island, at 6:00 pm, for the first Northeast Conference game of the season.