Women's Soccer Falls To Sacred Heart, 2-1, In NEC Opener

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women’s soccer team lost, 2-1, to Sacred Heart in its first Northeast Conference match-up of the season on Friday night. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 1-5-1 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play, while the Pioneers improve to 5-2-2 on the year and 1-0-0 in league action.

“It was a disappointing loss and there are many reasons for the result,” said head coach Dave Clarke. “We just have to accept the score line and move on. We'll try to learn from the game and rectify things against Fairleigh Dickinson.”

Sacred Heart’s Samantha Kee scored the first goal of the game, her second of the year, in the first minute of play. Kee, a senior forward, headed the ball into the left corner of the net off a cross from sophomore Alyssa Brandofino to give the Pioneers the 1-0 lead early in the match.

The Pioneers increased the gap, 2-0, five minutes into the second half. Sacred Heart midfielder Jen Mulvey crossed the ball into the box on a corner kick. Kee then got control of the loose ball to score her second goal of the contest.

Down 2-0, Quinnipiac sophomore Beck Kiting (Canberra, Australia) put the Bobcats on the scoreboard as she scored on a pass from junior Kemesha Woodfine (Stamford, Conn.) in the 85th minute of play. Kiting beat Sacred Heart goalie Sydney Judkins to the left corner for her second goal of the year.

Overall, the Bobcats were outshot, 8-5, while Quinnipiac senior goalie Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) and Judkins each made two saves.

The Bobcats return to action when they face NEC opponent Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at University Stadium in Teaneck, N.J.