Saint Peter's (2-3) at Sacred Heart (2-5)
Date: Wed, Sep. 13, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Park Avenue Field, Fairfield, CT
Next on Tap
The Peacocks will close out non-conference play in Fairfield, CT at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, September 13 at 3pm.
The Peacocks and Pioneers have previously met five times since 2002, with Saint Peter's trailing Sacred Heart 0-5 all-time.
Last Time We Met
Last season, the Peacocks hosted the Pioneers at Jaroschak Field in a mid-season meeting. Sacred Heart came away with a 1-0 victory over Saint Peter's. The lone goal came in the 70' and Peacock keeper Taylor McLean recorded her fourth straight double-digit save game with 10 in the contest.
Sacred Heart Scouting Report
The Pioneers enter the mid-week match with a 2-5 overall record. Sacred Heart has split their last four games, going 2-2, after starting the season 0-3. This will be the Pioneers second home game of the season, having won the only home contest, 2-1, over Hartford last Thursday. Melanie DaSilva is the team leader with seven points (three goals, one assists).
Last Time Out
Junior forward, Barbara Paiva, recorded her first collegiate hat trick on Saturday afternoon, leading the Saint Peter's women's soccer team to a, 5-1, blowout win over the Hampton Pirates. The freshmen duo of Elizabeth Pacillo and Isabel Fernandez each scored their first collegiate goals in the win as well. Victoria Scarratt made 11 saves in the game, her second highest output of the season and second double-digit save game of the year improving her starting record to 2-2 on the year for the Peacocks.
The Peacocks will open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action on Saturday, September 16 at home against Quinnipiac. The game will be the first at Jaroschak Field this season for the team, and kick-off will be at 3pm.
MAAC Player of the Week
Barbara Paiva earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the week of September 11 after amassing three goals and one assist for seven total points. Paiva's three goals and seven total points were more than any other MAAC player had on the week, leading to her first career weekly award.
Among the MAAC Leaders
Junior forward Barbara Paiva and freshman goalkeeper Victoria Scarratt sit atop of the MAAC rankings in several statistical categories. Paiva leads the conference in points (9), points per game (1.80), goals (4), goals per game (0.80), and game-winning goals (2). She also ranks fourth in shots per game (3.40) and sixth in total shots (17). Scarrat is the MAAC leader in saves per game (10.75) and she is the only player in the conference averaging over 10 saves per outing. She ranks second in save percentage (.860) and third in total saves (43).
Looking Back at 2016
Saint Peter's ended the 2016 season with a 1-13-2 overall record and a 0-9-1 record in the MAAC. The Peacocks earned a league point for the first time in over two years last season with its draw with Fairfield and the team took playoff qualifying Canisius to overtime on senior day. Saint Peter's also gave up 34 less goals in 2016 compared to 2015, cutting its average goals allowed per game from 4.64 in 2015 to 2.81 in 2016.
Looking Forward to 2017
The Peacocks only lost three seniors from the 2016 squad and the team returns 13 players from last year's roster. Returning starters include Taylor McLean, Alyssa Conanan, Brooke Trotta, Mia Greene, Olivia Nazzaro, Alexandria Couto, Aleena Cruz, Victoria Babcock, and Kelsey Nugent.
Head coach Melissa Sherwood added six new student-athletes to the 2017 team. Nazae Craw, Isabel Fernandez, Carlee Gonzalez, Rachel Ingram, Elizabeth Pacillo, and Victoria Scarratt joined the lineup for the fall.
About the Coach
Melissa Sherwood is in her second season as the women's soccer head coach at Saint Peter's in 2017. Under Sherwood in 2016, the Peacocks earned a league point for the first time in over two years earning a draw with Fairfield and the team took playoff qualifying Canisius into overtime on senior day. Sherwood's squad also gave up 34 less goals in 2016 than in 2015 before she took over, cutting the average goals allowed per game from 4.64 in 2015 to 2.81 in 2016.