Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-0-1) vs.
Canisius College Griffins (2-2-0)
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 12 p.m.
Demske Sports Complex Buffalo, N.Y.
Quinnipiac travels to Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday afternoon at noon to take on Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex. In the Bobcats last game, Quinnipiac tied St. Bonaventure, 1-1, Sunday afternoon in Hamden. Freshman forward Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) scored the first goal of his collegiate career in the 75th minute. Quinnipiac and Canisius squared off last season with the Bobcats dominating play in a 5-0 victory. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) scored a hat trick and Fabricio Silva (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) recorded two assists. Quinnipiac leads the all-time series 2-0.
The Griffins host the Bobcats on Saturday after having won the University of Buffalo Fall Classic. Canisius finished the tournament undefeated in two games and were declared the champion based on goal differential. In the first game of the weekend, the Griffins beat the University of Detroit, 3-1. Two days later, they handed Wright State a 5-1 loss in game that saw the Griffins tally the program's most markers since 1999. Five different players scored goals in the game. Alan McGreal found the back of the net twice in the contest with Detroit and added another goal against Wright State. The two-game sweep came after Canisius lost its first two contests of the season against Syracuse and Bucknell.
Brito currently ranks fifth in the nation in goals per game at 1.33. His four goals in the first three games have him atop the Northeast Conference leader board. Brito scored two goals apiece in the first two games, but was held without a goal for the first time this season in the tie with the Bonnies Sunday.
New Scoring Threats
Three players have scored their first career goals this season. Pereira, Dominic Adams (John Dial, Trinidad and Tobago) and Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) have all found the back of the net for the first time this season. Recklet scored his first goal in the season opener against Iona and followed it with another goal against NJIT.
Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) recorded eight saves in the two-game home stand. The junior goalkeeper made seven saves against NJIT in his first shutout of the season. He made one save against St. Bonaventure on Sunday in the 1-1 tie.
Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) has three assists this season, leading the NEC. The sophomore defender is tied for third in the nation, averaging an assist per game.
Filling the Net
Quinnipiac's offense has scored eight goals in three games this season. The Bobcats' offense ranks 17th in the nation out of 204 programs with 2.67 goals per game. Brito's eight points this season rank him 13th in the nation amongst all Division I men's soccer players.