The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team seeks its first win of the season on Saturday, Sept. 12 as it travels to Newark, N.J., to take on NJIT. The Bobcats begin the season with a 0-0-2 record after tying No. 18 Loyola (Md.) Monday afternoon in the team's home opener. The 0-0 deadlock marked the first time the Bobcats had tied consecutive games since 2006 when it played to three straight ties. NJIT enters the game with a 1-3 overall record.
The Highlanders host the Bobcats in the final game of their three-game homestand. In NJIT's most recent contest, it knocked off regionally-ranked Manhattan, 4-1, on Wednesday night. Rahim Stennet scored a pair of first-half goals, while Chico Lugo and Erik Magnusson each tallied goals in the final 45 minutes of play. Stennett leads the team this season with four goals and eight points with Gustav Warfving posting a team-best three assists. The Highlanders lost their first three games to Army, Monmouth and Lafayette all by the score of 2-1.
On The Horizon
The Bobcats' 0-0 tie with the Greyhounds on Monday was the second scoreless draw in the last two years. In the team's second-to-last home game of the 2008 season, Quinnipiac played to a 0-0 tie with Northeast Conference opponent Monmouth on Nov. 7.
You Can't Leave Behind
Freshman Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) nearly gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead early in the first half against the Greyhounds. Sophomore Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) followed Surprise's attempt with a shot in the identical location. Both shots missed the far left post, marking the second game in a row that both missed on key scoring opportunities in the first half.
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) recorded his first shutout of the season in the tie with Loyola. Last season, Hall recorded seven clean sheets en route to earning All-NEC Second Team honors.
Play, Same Result
Against Yale, Quinnipiac junior forward Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) received a through pass and broke in on goal, hitting the post in overtime. Junior forward Dominic Adams (John Dial, Trinidad and Tobago) used the same play to brake in on goal against Loyola in the waning seconds of the second overtime, but was unable to get a clear look at the goal, sending his shot just wide.
These two teams met last season in Hamden in the Bobcats' home opener. On the strength of three second-half goals, Quinnipiac improved to 2-0 on the season with the 4-0 victory. That game marked the first-ever meeting between the Bobcats and Highlanders.