HAMDEN, Conn. Graciano Brito's (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) 18th goal of the year broke the program Division I record for goals in a single season while helping the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 5-2-2 in the Northeast Conference, good for 17 points and the third seed in the NEC Tournament. They'll face No. 2 Fairleigh Dickinson in the second game of the afternoon, Friday, Nov. 14, in West Long Branch, N.J.
Quinnipiac improves its overall mark to 10-4-4 this season, while the Mountaineers drop to 5-4 in the NEC and 9-9 overall. This is the third time the Bobcats have qualified for postseason play in Division I and the first time since 2004.
"This is a great day for our program," said Head Coach Eric Da Costa. "This team has worked extremely hard to get to this point and we're one step closer to accomplishing our goal."
Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) recorded his third consecutive shutout and his seventh of the season in the win. Hall has now gone 355:32 without allowing a goal, dating back to the fifth minute of a 1-1 tie with Robert Morris on Oct. 31.
In the 20th minute, Brito gave the Bobcats the 1-0 lead on his 17th goal of the season, tying the Quinnipiac Division I single-season record held by Everson Marciel. Johan Karlhagen (Gothenburg, Sweden) made a quick pass between Mountaineers defenders to Brito streaking up the middle of the field. The senior forward split two defenders and slipped the ball past Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper Chris Davis in goal.
Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead in the 34th minute. The freshman forward took the ball off the foot of a Mount St. Mary's defender and moved in on goal. He put a shot high out of Davis' reach into the back left corner of the net for his sixth goal of the season.
With just under nine minutes remaining, Brito scored his second goal of the game. Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) made a long pass up the left sideline. Brito collected the ball in front of the Bobcats' bench and deked a defender at the top left corner of the 18-yard box. His shot to the far side of the goal bounced off the inside of the post and into the back of the net for the record-breaking 18th goal of the season. The previous mark of 17 had been set by Marciel in the 2001 season.
Brito finished the season with 39 points on 18 goals and three assists. The 39 points is also a Quinnipiac program Division I record, eclipsing Marciel's 2001 mark of 38 points.
Hall recorded eight saves in the game, including five in the second half. Davis turned aside three Quinnipiac shots in the loss.