HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) scored two goals in the first half and one in the second for the hat trick as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team defeated Bryant, 3-0, in a Northeast Conference matchup at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field Friday afternoon. It marks the first three-goal game for any member of the Bobcats this season as they improve to 2-0-1 in NEC play, while moving to 5-0-5 overall. Bryant drops to 0-3 in conference play and 2-9 overall with the loss.
"I think the credit has to go to the entire team," said head coach Eric Da Costa. "As much adversity as we have had to deal with this season, certain players have stepped up to contribute. If it wasn't for the younger guys and the role players we wouldn't be where we are at this point of the year."
Quinnipiac jumped out to a lead in the 13th minute on Suprise's first goal of the game and third of the season. Suprise collected the ball at the top, left corner of the box and moved toward the goal. The freshman forward fired a shot on net that Bryant goalie Matt Miscione deflected into the air, but the momentum carried the ball into the far corner of the goal. Matthew Rothbart (Cheshire, Conn.) picked up his first-career point as he assisted on the goal.
Suprise gave the Bobcats a 2-0 advantage in the 32nd minute with his second goal. Junior forward Nick Pelicaen (Schoten, Belgium) put a through pass between two defenders at midfield to an open space. Suprise's speed allowed him to get behind both of the Bulldog defenders to collect the ball. Controlling the pass, he moved toward the middle of the field and slipped a ball around Miscione who came out to play the shot.
The Quinnipiac forward's third goal of the game gave Suprise his first career hat trick. Suprise netted his third of the contest in the 65th minute to give the Bobcats the three-goal advantage. Sophomore Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) earned his second assist in as many games with a pass across the top of the goal box to a streaking Suprise on the right side. His shot beat new Bryant goalkeeper Victor Tutino to the lower portion of the net.
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) turned aside all four shots he faced in just over 80 minutes of action, before giving way in goal to senior Xan Rousselle (Morrisville, Vt.). Hall has now gone the last 290 minutes without allowing the opposition to score.
The Bobcats return to action on Monday, Oct. 12 in their final non-conference game of the season. Quinnipiac will head to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take on Boston College at 4 p.m.