University Bobcats (2-0-3) vs.
Stony Brook University Seawolves (1-6-1)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team takes on Stony Brook on Wednesday, Sept. 23 in the second contest of a six-game homestand. The Bobcats are coming off a 2-2 tie with Iona on Sept. 19 and remain undefeated this season at 2-0-3. Quinnipiac is one of just two Northeast Conference teams without a loss this season. The Bobcats' defensive play has contributed to the unblemished record and has surrendered just three goals in five games, the second fewest in the NEC.
The Seawolves come to Hamden with a 1-6-1 record and a 1-3-1 mark on the road. Berian Gobeil and Leonardo Fernandes lead the team, each scoring three goals and two assists for eight points in 2009. Stefan Manz and Anthony Rogic have split time in goal this season for the Seawolves with Manz starting five contests and Rogic three. Stony Brook's lone win this season came against NEC opponent Bryant Sept. 6 at Smithfield, R.I., 3-0. The Seawolves fell in both contests of the Aces Invitational in Evansville, Ind., last weekend. Stony Brook dropped the first game, 2-0, to Eastern-Illinois before losing to the tournaments hosts from Evansville, 5-3.
Wednesday's game can be heard live on the WQAQ webstream. Miles T. McQuiggan will provide play-by-play, while Andrew Gau will be alongside to supply color commentary. Live stats will also be available to fans. Both can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links above.
It took freshman forward Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) until the team's fifth game to score his first-career goal, but that tally proved to be an important one for the Bobcats. After Quinnipiac fell behind 2-1 midway through the first half, Suprise broke in on net. After being spun around by a defender, he put a shot off in the inside of the right post that ricocheted into the back of the net in the 43rd minute with the game-tying goal
Junior defender Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) scored the first goal of his collegiate career on Saturday as well. Soubrier lined up to take a free kick from 25 yards out, putting a shot around a three-man wall and past the Iona goalkeeper into the lower right corner for the Bobcats' first goal.
After Saturday, Quinnipiac has six goals from six different goal scorers. Five of those have scored their first-career goals in 2009. Joining Soubrier and Suprise with first collegiate tallies this season has been Conor Murphy (Wallingford, Conn.), Brett Uttley (Jamestown, R.I.) and Tim Quigley (Ridgefield, Conn.). Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) is the only goal scorer this season to have previously netted a marker in his career.
The Bobcats' two goals against Iona matched a season high set in a 2-0 victory against NJIT. Against the Gaels, each of the team's two goals followed Iona goals to tie the game. After falling behind twice in the first half, Quinnipiac responded with the equalizing goal both times.
This is just the second meeting ever between Quinnipiac and Stony Brook. In the only other meeting, the Bobcats defeated the Seawolves, 4-0, on Oct. 9, 1999 in Hamden.
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) had his streak of 361 minutes without allowing a goal snapped in the opening minutes against Iona. Despite allowing two first-half goals, Hall earned the tie with seven saves in the game and remains undefeated. The senior also boasting the eighth-best save percentage (.917) in the nation.