The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team hosts nationally-ranked Loyola (Md.) Monday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The Bobcats enter the game having tied Yale, 1-1, in their first game of the season Saturday night at Reese Stadium in New Haven. The tie marked the third consecutive season that Quinnipiac has opened the year without a loss, while also ending Yale's 10-game all-time unbeaten streak against the Bobcats.
Loyola comes to Hamden after defeating Northeast Conference opponent Mount St. Mary's, 3-2, Friday afternoon at home. The Greyhounds scored three goals in the first 36 minutes of play to take a 3-0 lead, but had to hold off a second-half surge by the Mountaineers to take their first victory of the season. Loyola fell to Villanova, 1-0, on Sept. 1 in the team's season opener, making its record 1-1 heading north to face the Bobcats. Jamie Darville leads the team with a goal and two assists, while Glenn Leitch came off the bench against the Mount to add two goals.
The Bobcats have won their last two home openers. In victories against NJIT and Northeastern, Quinnipiac did not allow a goal against and combined to score six goals of their own (4-0 against NJIT in 2008 and 2-0 against Northeastern in 2007). Live stats will be available for Monday's game for fans at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.
Junior Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) scored the Bobcats' lone goal of the game Saturday night. After Yale tallied the opening goal with one minute remaining in the first half, Mars evened the score, 1-1, just 34 seconds later with 26 seconds showing on the clock. Mars scored again in the 87th minute, but the goal was disallowed after a foul was called against the Bobcats. The Quinnipiac forward followed with the team's best scoring opportunity in the extra session as he hit the right post with a shot late in the first overtime period.
Game, First Point
After redshirting last season, Brett Uttley (Jamestown, R.I.) collected the first point in his first collegiate game. Uttley made a long pass from midfield to a streaking Mars at the top left corner of the goal box. The assist was the first of Uttley's career and helped the Bobcats tie the score, 1-1.
Despite not registering points, freshman Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) and sophomore Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) made impact plays for the Bobcats against Yale. Both had early scoring opportunities in the first half, but were unable to score as shots sailed just outside of the goalposts. Suprise and Pereira both used speed to make plays develop for teammates throughout the game.
After allowing just one goal, Quinnipiac goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) turned aside numerous Bulldog shots en route to the tie. Hall finished the game with eight shots and held off a second-half surge by Yale.
These two teams met last season in Baltimore, Md. The Greyhounds defeated the Bobcats, 5-4, on a goal in the 90th minute. Pereira scored in the 89th minute to tie the game, before Loyola's Mark Jaskolski scored the game winner.