BROOKLYN, N.Y.— The Sacred Heart men's soccer team fell to top-seeded St. Francis Brooklyn 1-0 in the Northeast Conference semifinal on Friday afternoon.
The Pioneers (5-11-2, 3-4 NEC) were able to push the offensive tempo against a stout Terriers (11-4-3, 6-0-1) defense that didn't yield a goal in conference play. Sacred Heart outshot St. Francis 15-5 on the day, but were unable to find the back of the net. All-NEC first team selection Shaquille Saunchez led SHU with seven shots on the game. The Terriers picked up the game's lone tally in the 76th minute as Salvatore Barone found the pass from Dominick Falagna, shook off a defender and fired to the back of the net to give St. Francis the 1-0 lead and eventual victory.
The Pioneers close out the season 5-11-2 and 3-4 in the NEC.
- Oscar Curras put up a shot from 15 yards out but Roberto Bazzichetto made the stop in the 25th minute.
- Saunchez missed an open opportunity from 10 yards out, just high in the 33rd minute.
- Leonard Kirschner missed the lone Terriers shot wide in the 35th minute.
- Ezra Siyadhuba played a ball into the box but Saunchez's header went high in the 65th minute.
- Robert Strain picked up his lone save on a laser by Djiby Sarr.
- Barone scored the game winning goal on a pass from Falagna in the 76th minute.
- SHU rallied with two shots in the 89th minute by Siyadhuba and Aaron Schwartz, but they missed wide.