The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team travels to Baltimore, Md., to take on the Loyola Greyhounds on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats are coming off two straight 2-1 victories. In Quinnipiac's most recent game, the Bobcats defeated Holy Cross on the strength of two late goals from Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde). Brito's seventh goal of the season in the 81st minute proved to be the game winner as Quinnipiac improved to 5-1-2 this season.
Scouting The Greyhounds
Loyola has been the No. 1 team in the North Atlantic Region all season according to the NSCAA/adidas rankings. The Greyhounds enter Saturday's game with the Bobcats having defeated Princeton, 1-0, Wednesday on a goal from sophomore Eddie Dines. Junior Jamie Darvill leads the Greyhounds in goals (4) and assists (4). Junior Milos Kocic has played every minute of every game this season, posting a .949 save percentage and a 0.24 goals against average.
For the second straight game, Quinnipiac scored late to win. Against Columbia, Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) scored the game-winning goal in the 101st minute to give the Bobcats a 2-1 double-overtime victory. Brito scored in the 76th minute to tie the game, 1-1, against Holy Cross before scoring another a little more than five minutes later to give the Bobcats the lead, 2-1.
Put Him On The Board
Johan Karlhagen (Gothenburg, Sweden) collected his first point of the season against Holy Cross on Brito's second goal of the game. The sophomore defender made a pass at midfield to Brito who beat two Holy Cross players before sliding the ball underneath the Crusaders' goalkeeper for the game-winner.
Mars Making Moves
It took Mars seven games to get on the scoresheet with his double-overtime goal against Columbia, but just one more to record his first assist. The sophomore forward made a crossing pass to Brito in the box for the team's first goal against Holy Cross.
Quinnipiac begins a three-game road swing with the contest against Loyola. This is the last non-conference game of the season for Quinnipiac, which moves on the play Long Island and St. Francis (N.Y.) on Friday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 12.
The Bobcats are currently ranked seventh in the latest NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic Region poll. Quinnipiac has been in the top-10 all season and will play its second ranked opponent in Loyola on Saturday. The Bobcats defeated the sixth-ranked Iona Gaels, 3-1, in their season opener on Aug. 29.
Stats of the Week
Brito's two goals moved him into a first-place tie in the Northeast Conference with seven through the Bobcats' first eight games. He is also tied for first with 0.88 goals per game. Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) is second in the NEC with three game-winning goals in the Bobcats' first three victories of the season.