HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team lost its first game of the season, 2-0, to Yale. The loss drops the Bobcats to 3-1-2 on the season, while Yale's record moves to 3-2-1. Liam Leonard scored both Bulldogs goals, just 11 minutes apart in the first half.
The Bobcats trailed at halftime as Yale's Leonard scored goals in the 23rd and 34th minutes. The first goal came after a pass from Charlie Neil at the top of the box found its way to Leonard's foot who pushed it past Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda). Just 11 minutes later, Leonard headed a ball past the Quinnipiac goalkeeper after receiving a pass from Justin Song along the goal line to the right of the goal.
Quinnipiac's best scoring opportunity in the first half came from senior Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) in the 23rd minute. The midfielder took a shot from 25 yards out that rang off the crossbar and dropped into the box before Yale's Frank Piasta cleared it away, to preserve the 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Bobcats maintained possession for most of the second half as they attempted 10 shots. Yale's goalkeeper Travis Chulick stopped two Quinnipiac shots in the final 45, while Hall kept the Bobcats in the game, recording four saves down the stretch.
"We came out flat to start the game," Quinnipiac Head Coach Eric Da Costa said. "In the second half, we play an inspired game, but we could not get any scoring going. I'm happy with how this team finished the game."
The Bobcats return to action on Friday when they travel to New York to take on Columbia University. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.