Yale University Bulldogs (2-2-1) at
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-0-2)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 4:00 p.m.
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team plays host to the Yale Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon. Both teams enter the game having played scoreless ties in their last contests. The Bobcats played to a 0-0 draw with Siena on Friday, while the Bulldogs tied Northeast Conference opponent Sacred Heart Saturday. The tie with Siena was the first time since last season's final game that the Bobcats were held without a goal, also a 0-0 tie.
Yale comes to Hamden to play Quinnipiac for the first time since defeating the Bobcats, 4-3, in October of 2003. Prior to its 0-0 tie with Sacred Heart, Yale defeated Stony Brook at home, 4-1 on Sept. 17. The Bulldogs did not fare so well at the Dartmouth Classic, losing both games and failing to score against either Colgate or Fairleigh Dickinson. Sophomore Eric Meyer and junior Jon Carlos lead the Bulldogs this season with two goals each. Yale's goalkeeper Travis Chulick has made 25 saves in five games for the Bulldogs in 2008, while allowing just six goals.
Movin' On Up
Quinnipiac was ranked second in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Regional Rankings last week. In the poll's first week, Quinnipiac was ranked fourth in the region, but after defeating Canisius, the Bobcats moved up two spots in the weekly poll.
Quinnipiac goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) picked up his second shutout of the season Friday against the Saints. Hall did not have to make a save in earning the shutout as the Bobcats maintained possession in the offensive zone and holding Siena without a shot on goal.
The Bobcats' young players are making an impact this season, none more so than freshman forward Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.). Pereira had scored goals in each of the team's two games prior to the tie with Siena. Against the Saints, he had three shots with one making its way on net.
The More You Shoot
Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau Cape Verde) leads the NEC in shots this season with 34 through five games. His 6.8 shots per game average is also the top mark in the conference with the next closest player more than two shots behind.
Winners at Home
Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) has all three of the Bobcats' game-winning goals this season. Of his four goals this season, three have come on the road. His one goal at Bobcat Field this season was the game winner against NJIT in the Bobcats' home opener. Quinnipiac is 1-0-1 this season at home.