Sacred Heart Women’s Soccer Ties Yale 1-1 in Rain-Shortened Contest

Alyssa Brandofino dished out her first assist of the season.
Alyssa Brandofino dished out her first assist of the season.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The referee called the game due to unplayable field conditions in the 72nd minute, leaving the Sacred Heart University women's soccer team deadlocked in a 1-1 tie at Yale, Tuesday evening.  The tie moves the Pioneers' record to 2-1-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs are now 1-0-2.

Sacred Heart needed only to hold on for another seven minutes, as 70 minutes would be enough for a complete game, but Yale notched a goal off the foot of freshman forward Meredith Speck at the 63:11 mark.  Fellow freshman Melissa Gavin lifted a cross over the Pioneer defense to Speck, the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week, who shot the ball into the lower left corner for the score.

The Pioneers had claimed a 1-0 early in the game when sophomore defender Alyssa Brandofino (East Northport, N.Y.) sent a free kick into the box for senior defender Lauren Boccio (Dix Hills, N.Y.).  Boccio received the long ball and delivered a shot from the far post for her second goal in as many games.

Junior goalkeeper Sydney Judkins (South Park, Pa.) was instrumental in keeping the Yale attack at bay as she posted a career-high eight saves.  For the game, the Bulldogs outshot SHU 15-5.  On the opposite side, junior Adele Jackson-Gibson stopped just one shot to contribute to the draw.

The Pioneers return to action this weekend at the Army Soccer Classic in West Point, N.Y.  Friday afternoon, Sacred Heart takes on St. Bonaventure at 4:30 pm for the first match-up with the Bonnies in program history.  On Sunday September 11, the Pioneers face-off with the Army at 3:00 pm in a game that marks the 10 year anniversary of the attack on New York City and Washington, D.C.