FAIRFIELD, CT – The Saint Peter's women's soccer team conceded the final non-conference game of the season, 3-1 to Sacred Heart on Wednesday afternoon. The Peacocks finish the out of conference portion of the schedule with a 2-4 record.
"You have to give credit where it's due," said head coach Melissa Sherwood. "Sacred Heart were tough opposition today. My players showed resilience and mental toughness today in a game were the opposition out possessed us significantly and we were forced to defend. We did ask one or two questions of SHU in the second half but unfortunately missed the opportunity to pull the game back to 2-1. Regardless of that, we kept fighting and believing right up until the end which was rewarded by a quality goal in the final stages of the game."
The Peacocks were outshot by a 25-9 margin on the day. The Pioneers had 13 and 12 shots in each half respectively, tallying more shots per half than the Peacocks had in total. The Peacocks also was at a disadvantage in the corner kick department, 7-3 in the contest.
The Peacocks surrendered the first goal to Sacred Heart at the 12' conceding the goal to a cross into the box which was headed into the goal for the score. Despite the Peacocks only taking three total shots in the half, two of the shots were on goal, but stops by Pioneer goalie Nicole Sambuco prevented the equalizing goal attempts. MAAC saves leader, Victoria Scarratt made six saves for the Peacocks in the first 45 minutes of play.
Trailing by one goal in the second half, the Peacocks gave up another goal 10 minutes into the half at the 55' to Sacred Heart's Alyssa Hyland to make the Peacock deficit 2-0. Just a few minutes later at the 58' the Pioneers added one more goal, extending the lead over the Peacocks to 3-0.
With five minutes remaining in the game, the Peacocks ended the shutout by way of a goal from the middle of the box by Rachel Ingram. The cross leading to the goal came from Elizabeth Pacillo who earned the assist.
Scarratt ended her evening with eight saves, while Taylor McLean came into the game with 20 minutes left a registered one save.
"Overall I think to close out non-conference 2-4 is respectable for us at this stage and we take all the positives from some good performances into conference play," added Sherwood.
The Peacocks return home for the MAAC opener against Quinnipiac on Saturday, September 16 at 12pm. The contest will be the season opener at Jaroschak Field.