November 7, 2008

Men's Soccer Plays To A Scoreless Tie With Monmouth

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team tied the Monmouth University Hawks, 0-0, Friday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) stopped seven shots to record his second consecutive shutout and sixth of the season. The tie pushes the Bobcats into sole possession of fourth place in the Northeast Conference at 4-2-2 in NEC play and 9-4-4 overall. With six teams still posturing for an NEC Tournament berth, Sunday's final day of league play will solidify the four-team field. Monmouth's mark now stands at 5-1-2 in conference play and 11-3-3 overall.

Neither team was able to score in the first half as Hall stopped five shots. Quinnipiac managed just five shots in the opening period, but the Hawks' defense didn't allow any on net.

Quinnipiac had its best scoring opportunity in the second half with just over 31 minutes remaining. Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) picked up a loose ball at midfield and moved around two Monmouth defenders before making a touch pass to Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) at the top of the box. Mars' shot sailed just high of the crossbar.

With 23 minutes left in the second half, Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) split two defenders at the top of the box before firing a low shot that Monmouth goalkeeper that was blocked to the right side of the 18-yard box. Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) jumped on the rebound, but his shot sailed wide of the right post.

Monmouth had an opportunity to score the game's first goal in the waning moments of the second half. The Hawks had a corner with 20 seconds remaining, but were unable to score, sending the game into an extra session.

Quinnipiac had the only two shots on goal in the overtime periods. Monmouth goalkeeper Bryan Meredith recorded four saves in the game, including the two in the second overtime.

The Bobcats conclude regular-season action on Sunday, Nov. 9, when they play host to Mount St. Mary's. The game is set for a 12 p.m. start at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field following Senior Day ceremonies.