Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-0-1) at
Siena College Saints (1-3-0)
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 4 p.m.
Siena Field Loudonville, N.Y.
Quinnipiac travels to Loudonville, N.Y., on Friday to take on the Siena Saints for a 4 p.m. kickoff. The Bobcats defeated Canisius, 3-2, in their last game to improve to 3-0-1 this season. Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) scored two goals, including the game winner in the 73rd minute to break a 2-2 tie with the Griffins. Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) also netted a goal in the team's second road victory of the season. Siena enters the game having lost its last three games. The two teams met last season, tying 2-2 in Hamden.
Scouting the Saints
Siena will look to rebound from a 3-0 loss to Northeast Conference opponent St. Francis (N.Y.) in its last game, dropping its record to 1-3-0. Before falling to the Terriers, the Saints had lost its two previous games. In losses to Buffalo and at UMass, Siena failed to score a goal. The last time the Saints scored was in its' season-opening win against NJIT. Robert DiFilippo's header in the 80th minute gave the Saints their lone win in 2008.
Junior defender and tri-captain Recklet has made a knack of scoring late goals this season. Coming into the season, Recklet had never found the back of the net. This season, he has scored four goals in the team's first four games. Three of his four goals this season have been game winners, accounting for the Bobcats' entire total. His first two goals were the result of corner kicks from Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) and his second goal against Canisius was on a loose ball in the box kicked into a wide-open net.
Two at the Top
Recklet's four goals would be an impressive feat for any team through four games. However, the Bobcats are not relying on the foot of its junior defender. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Caper Verde) also has four goals. Brito began the season with two two-goal performances at Iona and against NJIT in the Bobcats' home opener. The two captains are tied for second in the Northeast Conference in goals.
Pereira has scored two goals in as many games for the Bobcats. In the team's last game against Canisius, Pereira scored Quinnipiac's second goal in the 35th minute to give the team a two-goal advantage. Against St. Bonaventure, he netted the team's only goal in a 1-1 tie in the 75th minute. The goal against the Bonnies was the first of his career and came off of a quick flick of Pereira's right foot over the falling goalkeeper after deking out a defender in the right side of the box.
Road is Where the Wins Are
The Bobcats are seeking their third road victory of the season, Friday at Siena. This is not the first time the Bobcats have gotten off to a hot start away from Hamden. Last season, the team began 6-0 on the road with wins against Boston College, Army, Sacred Heart, Fairleigh Dickinson, Holy Cross and Central Connecticut. In those six wins, the Bobcats outscored their opponents, 10-4.