The Sacred Heart University women's soccer team earned a Northeast Conference victory, 3-1, over Wagner College Friday afternoon on Park Avenue Field. The Pioneers improve to 3-11-0 overall and 2-3 in league play, while the Seahawks fall to 2-11-0 on the year and 1-4 in NEC action.
SHU scored twice in a 2:54 span midway in the second-half, breaking a 1-1 tie. The game-winning tally came off a corner kick that was headed in by Sarah da Silva. Jill Klem cound the back of the net 1:54 later to provide the final margin.
The Pioneers travel to Emmitsburg, Md. Sunday for a 1:00 pm match with NEC foe Mount St. Mary's.
- SHU used the wind to its advantage in the second-half, pressing Wagner for large portions of the period and allowed just one Seahawk shot in the second stanza
- The Pioneers broke through with goals at 72:45 and 74:39
- Taylor Casale started the scoring for SHU, controlling the ball at the top of the box after a scrum and putting it home on the ground to the near post
- Maria Nunez controlled Madison Starr's shot off of the cross bar and put the ball inside the near post for the equalizer
- Wagner had an opportunity in the 32ndminute as Nunez fed Starr on a break off a SHU free kick, but Sambuco came off her line to make the save to keep the game knotted 1-1
- Alyssa Hyland send a corner kick into the box that Alex Mesropyan headed to da Silva for the tiebreaking goal
- Hannah Busch played a ball from the near sideline across the box that found the foot of Klem and she pushed it inside the post for the tally
- Wagner threatened in the 66thminute, with a 1 v. 1 opportunity that the Pioneers defender was able to fend off and turn into a Pioneer goal kick
- The Seahawks threatened in the 84thminute when Luisa Barone played a curving ball into the box, but her teammate was whistled offsides to negate the chance
By The Numbers
- Nicole Sambuco earned the win in goal for SHU, making six saves
- SHU finished with a 4-2 edge in corner kicks and a 13-11 edge in shots – including 7-1 in the second half
- Wagner outshot the Pioneers 10-6 in the opening half, with Sambuco recording six saves for the Pioneers
- Wagner goalkeeper Katie Viscardi made five saves on the afternoon
- SHU will honor its senior class prior to its final home game, Sunday, October 21 vs. Robert Morris with a noon start scheduled