HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team fell to Northeast Conference opponent Fairleigh Dickinson, 2-0, Friday afternoon. The loss drops the Bobcats to 6-4-2 overall and 1-2 in NEC play. The Knights improved their record to 7-3-1 overall this season and 2-0 in conference play.
The lone goal of the first half came on a penalty kick from the foot of Fairleigh Dickinson's Samson Malijani. After a Quinnipiac defender was called for a handball inside the box, Malijani placed a low shot to the right side of the goal as Quinnipiac goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) dove to left. The goal was Malijani's eighth of the season.
Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) had the Bobcats' best scoring opportunity in the second half as he headed a ball just over the cross bar on a corner kick from Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France). Pereira jumped above two Fairleigh Dickinson defenders to get a piece of the ball with his head, but it went just high.
The Knights' Chris Faraone made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute. Malijani put a corner kick just above the six-yard box where Faraone jumped to head it past Hall for his first goal of the season.
Quinnipiac's Hall stopped three shots in the game, while Fairleigh Dickinson's Majdi Zaineh recorded five saves for the shutout. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) led both teams with four shots.
The Bobcats return to action Sunday at noon when they host Sacred Heart at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.