Pioneers Fall to the FDU on Senior Day

Pioneers Fall to the FDU on Senior Day

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— The Sacred Heart men's soccer team ended the 2017 season with a 3-0 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday afternoon at Park Ave. Field.

Prior to the game, SHU honored its six seniors, Ermir Celaj, Julian Linke, Dylan Santos, Aaron Schwartz & Zach Watson a part of senior day.

The Pioneers (3-14-1, 0-6-1 NEC) nearly opened the scoring in the 12th as sophomore Riley Sullivan crossed the ball to Siyadhuba on the left side. The senior timed up the laser from just outside the 18-yard box hitting the crossbar and bouncing back into play.  The Knights (10-4-3, 3-2-2 NEC) opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Jacob Labovitz split past the SHU defense off the pass from Itali Erez. He dribbled the ball into the box and fired one past the extending Watson for the 1-0 lead. FDU added its second goal in the 30th minute as Ahu Obhakhan was netfront to collect the rebound off a save by Watson on the initial shot by Erez.

SHU came out firing in the second period, outshooting FDU 6-3 in the period. SHU picked up two shots on goal in the frame by Celaj & freshman Anthony Costa Jr. The Knights final tally came in the 77th minute as Daniel Lasarte finished off the pass from Jeremy Despringre to seal the 3-0 game.

Both teams fired off 11 shots on the game with FDU putting eight on net to the Pioneers two. Siyadhuba led the Pioneers with three shots in his final game as a Pioneer. Watson made his first career start for SHU on senior day, picking up five saves in 83 minutes of action. Waite made two saves for the Knights.

The Pioneers ended the season 3-14-1, 0-5-1 in the Northeast Conference. 

First Half

  • Lasarte put a cross to Obhakhan in the 6th minute but Watson was there to deny the goal for his first career save.
  • Siyadhuba put a laser on the goal in the 12th minute but it banked off the crossbar.
  • The Pioneers had a scoring chance in the 33rd minute as Siyadhuba lifted a cross from the left side to sophomore Oscar Curras but the two were unable to connect.

Second Half

  • Lopes lifted a strong cross into the box for Celaj but Waite made the stop in the 57th minute.
  • Watson made a spectacular diving save on the bullet by Labovitz in the 63rd minute.
  • Costa was charging from the right side and tried to sneak one by Waite but was denied.
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