The Central Connecticut women's soccer team closed the regular season with a 2-1 win over in-state conference opponent Sacred Heart Sunday afternoon. The two goals came from senior Emily Hogan and freshman Giavanna Inzerillo. With the win, Central earns the number seed in playoffs and will host the Northeast Conference Women's Soccer Tournament for the second straight year. The semi final matches will be played on Friday, Nov. 8 followed by the championship on Sunday, Nov. 10. Check back on the CCSU Blue Devils website for final seedings and game times.
Score: Central Connecticut 2, Sacred Heart 1
Records: Central Connecticut (10-4-4, 8-1-1 NEC), Sacred Heart (9-7-2, 6-3-1 NEC)
Location: Fairfield, CT
"Today was a hard fought win against a very good Sacred Heart team. We showed a lot of grit in the last 10 minutes to close out the game. Winning the league title is extra special after we dropped points early in the campaign. We have lost several key players to long term injuries, but we keep finding a way to get the job done. One of our goals at the beginning of the year was to bring the NEC Tournament back to New Britain. We can check that box and get ready for a semi final match on Friday."
- Central opened scoring in the seventh minute with a goal by senior Emily Hogan (7:07).
- A goal by freshman Giavanna Inzerillo put the Blue Devils ahead 2-0 going into the halftime break (24:37).
- The Pioneers fought back and tallied at the 78th minute with a goal from Meadow Mancini (78:06).
- Sophomore goal keeper Amanda McQuillan had four saves against five shots faced for the Blue Devils.
NUMBER TO KNOW
10 - The Blue Devils will look to win their 10th NEC Championship.
- Central closed the regular season with a 10-4-4 overall record and 8-1-1 in NEC play.
- The Blue Devils are 28-5-1 in regular season conference matches in the past four years. They have been the regular season champions three out of the past four years.
- This marks the fourth straight year making the conference tournament.
Central Connecticut will host the 2019 Northeast Conference Tournament on Nov. 8 and 10. Check back on the CCSU website for an update on game times for the tournament.