September 7, 2008

Men's Soccer Ties St. Bonaventure, 1-1

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team tied St. Bonaventure 1-1 Sunday afternoon. Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) scored the first goal of his career, while Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) made one save as the Bobcats' record improves to 2-0-1. The Bonnies improve to 1-1-1 overall with the tie.

Quinnipiac nearly made it a 1-0 game in the 19th minute when Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) beat two defenders and put the ball behind St. Bonaventure's goalkeeper Dave Flynn. Dominic Adams (John Dial, Trinidad and Tobago) cut into the box behind Flynn, but shot the ball off the right post. Adams' shot was the best scoring opportunity for either team as they went into halftime tied 0-0.

In the 58th minute, Pereira and Adams both had scoring chances in front of the St. Bonaventure net, but were denied by sprawling saves from Flynn. The Bobcats' defense also did its part in keeping the game scoreless, holding the Bonnies without a shot on goal until 19 minutes remaining in the second half.

Quinnipiac finally broke through on Pereira's goal in the 75th minute. The freshman forward made a quick move on the right side of the box to bring the ball to his left foot for a shot high over the falling Bonnies' goalkeeper. The goal was unassisted and gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats' lead did not last long as St. Bonaventure's Tyler Bellamy scored his first goal of the season just 23 seconds after the Bobcats took the lead. Bellamy picked up a deflected shot and put it into the net after Hall had moved up to try and make the initial save. Neither team was able to score again in regulation as the game went to overtime tied 1-1.

Brito was held scoreless for the first time this season, but had Quinnipiac's best scoring chance in overtime. Streaking down the left side of the field, he received a pass from Pereira and put a shot on goal that Flynn was able to knock away to keep the contest tied.

In the second overtime period, Bobcat's defender Tolle Staffanson (Gotenburg, Sweden) made a key defensive play on a St. Bonaventure forward. Staffanson caught up to the play and was able to kick the ball away from the Bonnies' forward and prevent a shot on goal.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. as they travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on Canisius College.