Men's Soccer Begins Northeast Conference Play This Weekend

Quinnipiac University (5-2-2) at

Long Island University (5-4)

Friday, October 12, 2008

Brooklyn, N.Y. – 4 p.m.

LIU Field

Quinnipiac University (5-2-2) at

St. Francis College (7-1-1)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Brooklyn Heights – 2 p.m.

ICHAN Stadium

This Weekend

Quinnipiac begins Northeast Conference play this week with games against Long Island on Friday and St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sunday. The Bobcats come into the weekend having lost their last game against No. 16 Loyola, 5-4. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) scored two goals against the Greyhounds for the second consecutive game after netting two against Holy Cross. Quinnipiac tied the game, 4-4, in the 89th minute on a goal from Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) before falling with 30 seconds remaining.

Scouting Long Island

Long Island enters Friday's game with the Bobcats riding a five-game winning streak. In their last game, the Blackbirds defeated Bryant, 2-0, on goals from Steve Jakubowski and Jukka Lehto. Josh Maley scored the team's lone goal in a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Columbia on Sept. 28. Lehto leads Long Island with four goals and nine points this season. Adam Janssen has started six games for the Blackbirds, posting a 3-2-0 record with a 1.17 goals against average.

Scouting St. Francis

After tying the first game of the season with Navy, St. Francis won seven of eight games, including its last five contests. The Terriers have posted six shutouts in the nine games they have played this season. In their last game, a 5-2 win over Manhattan, Anthony Matos scored his first two goals of the season. John Sallhag leads the Terriers with four goals and 11 points, while Chris Antonio has played in every game this season, posting a .844 save percentage and a 0.54 goals against average.

League Leader

Brito was honored by the conference for his performances against Holy Cross and Loyola, earning his second Brine/NEC Player of the Week Award this year. Last year's conference player of the year currently leads the league in both goals (9) and points (18).

Double Your Goals

Brito has scored two goals in back-to-back games for the second time this season. He scored two goals in each of the Bobcats' first two games this season against Iona and NJIT. He has also scored six goals after the 70th minute of play, including both of Quinnipiac's goals against Holy Cross in a 2-1 win.

Just A Bit Short

The Bobcats fought back to tie the game, 4-4, after being down three to the Greyhounds, 4-1, with a little more than 27 minutes remaining. The comeback started with an own goal as a Loyola defender kicked the ball into his own net on a Quinnipiac corner kick. Brito scored in the 79th minute before Pereira tied the game with 1:05 left on the clock. Loyola's Mark Jaskolski scored the game winner in the final minute of play to hand Quinnipiac just its second loss of the season.

Contributing From All Over

Sophomore defender Johan Karlhagen (Gothenburg, Sweden) recorded the first assist of his Quinnipiac career on Brito's game-winning goal against Holy Cross last week. Karlhagen's ball from midfield sprung Brito for the Bobcats' second goal.

No Sophomore Slump

After scoring one goal in his freshman season, Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) has put together a three-game point streak. He scored the game winner in double-overtime against Columbia before assisting on goals in each of the team's last two games.