The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team travels to West Point, N.Y., to take on the Army Black Knights in a non-conference matchup Wednesday, Sept 16. The Bobcats and Black Knights will meet under the lights of Clinton Field at 7 p.m. in just the third meeting ever between the two teams. Quinnipiac is coming off its first win of the season, a 2-0 victory at NJIT on Saturday night. The Bobcats (1-0-2) have yet to lose this season after opening the season with consecutive ties at Yale and against No. 18 Loyola.
the Black Knights
Army enters the game having lost its previous four contests after opening the season with a 2-1 win against NJIT on Sept. 1. Since scoring two goals in the first game, the Black Knights have been shut out in each contest since, being outscored 9-0 in that time. In its most recent game, Army fell to Harvard, 4-0, in Cambridge, Mass. Bryan Connolly and Tanner Robertson have been the only two members of the team to score this season.
Army is offering fans a free webcast of Wednesday's game through their website. Fans can access the video feed as well as live stats by clicking the appropriate links above.
to the Big Show
Freshman midfielder/forward Tim Quigley (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored the first goal of his collegiate career in the 43rd minute of Saturday's game at NJIT. Quigley dribbled through multiple Highlander defenders before finding the back of the net for the first time in just his third game with the Bobcats.
Quigley was not the only Bobcat to score his first career goal on Saturday. Sophomore defender Conor Murphy (Wallingford, Conn.) also notched the first tally of his career. Murphy's booming shot from just over the midfield circle sailed over members of NJIT and into the back corner of the net in the third minute, proving to be the game winner.
Murphy's goal at the 2:42 mark ended the Bobcats' scoring drought at 178:08 of play. Quinnipiac had not scored a goal since the final minute of play in the first half against Yale on Sept. 5, but had not lost a game in that time, tying the Bulldogs and No. 18 Loyola.
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) turned aside three NJIT shots as he earned his first victory of the season. The win was also the second straight shutout for Hall who has now gone the last 265:59 of action without surrendering a goal. Hall has allowed just one goal this season, in the final minute of the first half against Yale.
Head coach Eric Da Costa credited his defense as a major factor in Saturday's win. The Bobcats limited NJIT's scoring chances by pressuring the Highlanders' shooters further out, causing more shots to come from 35 or more yards away from the goal. Quinnipiac blocked eight shots, while forcing eight more to be off target in the game.
The last time these two teams met was Sept. 14, 2007. The Bobcats defeated the Black Knights, 3-2, in double overtime at West Point. Goalkeeper Xan Rousselle (Morrisville, Vt.) made just the second start of his career, turning away six shots and earning the victory.