Quinnipiac (2-0) vs. St. Bonaventure (1-1)
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008
Scouting the Bonnies
St. Bonaventure comes to Hamden after having lost to Central Connecticut, 4-0, Friday afternoon, evening their record at 1-1. In their first game of the season, the Bonnies defeated Army, 3-2. Junior forward Sam Maheu scored the team's first goal of the season before assisting on the Bonnies' second tally scored by Brett Allen. St. Bonaventure scored its final goal of the game from the foot of sophomore midfielder Kevin Mjaatvedt. David Flynn made four saves for the Bonnies in the season opener, while allowing two goals including one own goal.
Double the Fun
Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) scored two goals against NJIT on Wednesday afternoon. He netted the Bobcats' third and fourth goals of the game just 26 apart in the 88th minute. The Bobcats' senior captain now has four goals in the first two games of the season.
Trio of Help
Four of Quinnipiac's seven goals this season have been score by Brito, but the Bobcats are far from a one-man show. Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) has three assists in the Bobcats' first two games. After picking up an assist in the first game against Iona, Soubrier added two more against NJIT. His first two assists came off corner kicks, both finished by Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.). The second assist in the NJIT game was the result of a deep ball from midfield that Dominic Adams (John Dial, Trinidad and Tobago) knocked into the net.
Junior defender and co-captain Recklet recorded his second goal in as many games. Both goals have come off corner kicks from the foot of Soubrier. In the first game, Recklet headed the ball into the top corner of the net, while making a sliding kick for his second career goal on Wednesday. Recklet's goals have also been both game-winners this season for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac newcomer Adams made a strong impression in his first home contest with the Bobcats. His first goal with the team came in the 70th minute and gave the Bobcats a much needed two-goal lead late in the game. Adams scored into a wide-open net after NJIT's goalkeeper Josh Osit let a ball slip through his hands on a deep ball from Soubrier at midfield. He ran past both Osit and a defender to find the ball waiting in the box for his first Quinnipiac score.
Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) recorded seven saves against NJIT in earning his first shutout of the season and seventh of his career. The Quinnipiac goalkeeper has made 13 saves and allowed just one goal in the team's first two games. His one-handed save on NJIT's Francisco Lugo in the 58th minute maintained the Bobcats' one-goal advantage. Through two games, Hall has posted a 0.50 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
Most of the Minutes
Sophomore forward Dan Salvo (Acton, Mass.) was a late game sub for Coach Eric Ca Costa. Salvo played just five minutes against the Highlanders, but made his presence felt with a shot and an assist. His touch pass to Brito set up the Bobcats' third goal of the game and was Salvo's first point of the season and career. He also came just inches away from scoring himself as his shot sailed just wide of the net.