Women's Soccer Falls 3-1 To Top-Seeded CCSU

Elyssa Kipperman made eight saves in her NEC Tournament debut. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Elyssa Kipperman made eight saves in her NEC Tournament debut. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University women's soccer team fell 3-1 to top-seeded Central Connecticut State University, Friday afternoon in the first semifinal of the NEC Tournament. The fourth-seeded Pioneers end the season at 9-8-2 overall, while the Blue Devils improve to 11-4-4.

The wind played a large factor in the game, blowing at 20-mph down the field. The Blue Devils broke a 1-1 halftime tie with two quick goals in the second-half, to take a 3-1 lead. 

Turning Point

  • CCSU scored twice, in a 2:52 span, early in the second-half, to break a 1-1 tie

First Half

  • Erica Bardes scored into the near side of the goal, from as Emily Hogan and Allyson O'Rourke fed her the ball, at 29:43
  • The Pioneers drew even with 72 seconds left in the half, when Nichol Green found the head of Meadow Mancini with a corner kick, for the goal

Second Half

  • Hogan knocked a shot from the top of the box off the cross bar and in, in the 57th minute, to give CCSU a 2-1 lead
  • Bardes made the lead, 3-1, at 59:29, putting home a pass from Roma McLaughlin

By the Numbers

  • Kipperman made eight saves for the Pioneers in net
  • Bardes led CCSU with a pair of goals
  • CCSU recorded eight corner kicks, all but one in the second-half
  • The Blue Devils had a 22-3 advantage in shots