Pioneers Edged Out by Providence, 1-0

The Pioneers return home on September 24 vs. NJIT.
The Pioneers return home on September 24 vs. NJIT.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A goal by red-shirt sophomore Wilder Arboleda in the 60th minute held up to be the game-winner in a 1-0 loss for the Sacred Heart University men's soccer team at Providence, Saturday afternoon.  The Pioneers dropped to an even 2-2 with the loss, while the Friars upped their record to 4-1 on the season.

The goal scoring play was initially set up by a corner kick fed in by freshman Jimmy Petrucelli.  Fellow freshman Marcos Ugarte put a shot on goal, which was turned away by SHU senior goalkeeper Alex Fait (Ottawa, Ont.).  Another freshman, Thomas Ballenthin recovered the rebound on the left wing and chipped a pass to Arboleda, who knocked a header back post for the score.

Sacred Heart's greatest threat came midway through the first half as junior forward Justin Brewer (Somers, Conn.) had a shot saved and less than a minute later junior defender Simon Harrsen (Almdorf, Germany) put a header over the crossbar, from a corner kick off the boot of classmate Brian Francolini (Ellington, Conn.).

In last season's contest, Providence ended an undefeated 4-0 start for the Pioneers with a 3-1 win at home.  At the time, Sacred Heart was off to its best start in the team's Division I era and had received votes in the NSCAA national poll for the first time in program history.

Fait's save on the shot by Ugarte was the only save made by the Pioneer keeper in the game, while PC starter senior Jhojan Obando stopped two shots to earn the shutout victory.  Providence outshot Sacred Heart 9-5 for the game.

The Pioneers return to action Thursday September 15 at 7:00 pm on the road at Stony Brook for their fourth straight game away from Campus Field.