College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (5-1-2) at
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-1-2)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Hamden, Conn. 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac Soccer Field
The Bobcats host the Crusaders Tuesday in a non-conference match-up at 4 p.m. at Quinnipiac Soccer Field. Quinnipiac comes into the game sporting a 4-1-2 record, while the Crusaders are 5-1-2 in the 2008 season. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the Bobcats' last game against Columbia, Sept. 26. Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) scored the game winner in the 101st minute as the Bobcats remained undefeated on the road this season, 3-0-1.
Scouting the Crusaders
Holy Cross comes to Quinnipiac without having lost a game on the road this season. The Crusaders have an identical road mark as the Bobcats at 3-0-1 this season. The team has played its last three games away from Worcester, Mass., posting two wins and a tie. Included in those three games was a two-game road swing in Florida that saw the Crusaders tie Florida International, 1-1, and defeat Florida Gulf Coast, 2-0. Most recently, Holy Cross beat Colgate, 1-0, on a goal from Matt Beckley. Four Crusaders are tied for the team-lead in goals with two this season. The teams met last season at Holy Cross with the Bobcats winning, 1-0.
See It, Hear It
Tuesday's game can be heard on the WQAQ live webstream. Steve Ceruti will handle the play-by-play, while Tyler Chaput will deliver the color commentary. The game can also be seen via a live video link on the Bobcat Channel, a subscription service of QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Back On Track
Brito scored his fifth goal of the season against the Lions. He had been held without a goal since scoring two in the Bobcats' second game of the season, a 4-0 win against NJIT.
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner
For the first time this season, someone other than Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) scored a game-winning goal for the Bobcats. Mars' first goal of the season came in double-overtime to give the Bobcats the 2-1 win.
After Tuesday's game with Holy Cross, Quinnipiac won't play a game at Quinnipiac Soccer Field again until Friday, Oct. 17. The Bobcats begin a three-game road trip starting this weekend with a contest at Loyola (Md.), followed by the start of the conference schedule with games at Long Island and St. Francis (N.Y.). Quinnipiac returns home to play Fairleigh Dickinson in its next home contest.
See It, Stop It
Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) earned his fourth win of the season against the Lions. The junior goalkeeper recorded five saves in the 2-1 win.
Double Your Fun
The game against the Lions was the third time this season the Bobcats have played into the second overtime. The 2-1 win over Columbia was the first overtime winner since Oct. 14 of last season when Brito scored in the 105th minute against Central Connecticut.
Stats of the Day
Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) recorded three assists in the first two games of the season. In the five games since, the sophomore has not recorded another assist. However, he remains tied for the NEC lead with five other players with three.
The Bobcats landed sixth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Northeast Regional Rankings. Quinnipiac has appeared in the poll each week this season, climbing as high as no. 2 during the second week.