University Bobcats (4-0-5, 1-0-1 NEC) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (2-8, 0-2 NEC)
Friday, October 9, 2009 - 3 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. - Quinnipiac Soccer Field
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team plays the sixth and final contest of its six-game homestand on Friday against Bryant at 3 p.m. The Bobcats come into the game with an undefeated mark of 4-0-5 and 1-0-1 in Northeast Conference play after picking up four of six possible points in their first weekend against conference opponents.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant sports an 0-2 conference record and are 2-8 overall as they make their first trip to Hamden as a member of the NEC. Friday's game marks the first-ever meeting between the two teams with Bryant making the jump to Division I in the last two years. Like the Bobcats, the Bulldogs have spread their offense around this season with all six of the team's goals coming from different players. Matt Miscione has played a majority of time in net for the Bulldogs this season, posting a goals-against average of 1.56 and an .803 save percentage.
It And Follow It
The game can be heard live on the WQAQ webstream. Miles Thorburn McQuiggan will provide play-by-play, while Jon Leach will be alongside to add color. Fans can also follow the game with live stats provided by www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. Both can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links above.
Clean Sheet King
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) stopped a Saint Francis (Pa.) penalty kick with six seconds remaining in the game to preserve his fifth shutout of the season. The Bobcats had a 3-0 lead in the final seconds, but the save was an exclamation point for the Bobcats who earned their first NEC win of the season. Hall matched a season-high with 11 saves in the game.
A First Finally
Sophomore Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) picked up his first point of the season as he assisted on Dominic Adams' (John Dial, Trinidad and Tobago) goal in the 20th minute. Pereira's free kick into the middle of the goal box proved to set up Adams for the game winner.
On That Note
Adams' goal was his first of the season. The junior forward was able to redirect the free kick from Pereira off the inside of his right foot and into the back of the opposite corner, catching the Red Flash goalkeeper completely off guard. Adams is now one of nine players with at least one goal this season.
Suprise Not Such A Surprise Anymore
Freshman forward Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) scored his second goal of the season in the 66th minute against Saint Francis (Pa.). Suprise's speed helped the first-year Quinnipiac player to beat the Red Flash defense along the right side of the field before cutting to the top of the box and firing a shot to the lower left corner for the team's third goal of the game. He now joins junior Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) as the only two members of the Bobcats with multiple tallies in 2009.
Second In Style
Junior defender Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) scored his second goal of the season to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead in the 51st minute. After head coach Eric Da Costa signaled for Soubrier to take the Bobcats' penalty kick, the third-year player put a shot into the lower corner of the goal for his second tally of the season.
This Week in Men's Soccer...
Quinnipiac has not lost in Hamden in 10 matches dating back to last season. In that time, the Bobcats have posted a 5-0-5 mark at Quinnipiac Soccer Field, including a 2-0-4 record this season. The team maintained its position in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas regional rankings. Quinnipiac is fourth in the North Atlantic Region for the second week in a row.