University Bobcats (5-1-5, 2-0-1 NEC) at
Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights (4-7-1, 1-2-1 NEC)
Friday, October 16, 2009 - 7 p.m.
University Stadium - Teaneck, N.J.
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team travels to Teaneck, N.J., Friday at 7 p.m., to take on Fairleigh Dickinson at University Stadium. The Northeast Conference contest pits the second-place Bobcats (2-0-1) against the Knights (1-2-1), currently tied for seventh in the conference standings. Quinnipiac last played on Monday afternoon, falling to Boston College, 1-0, in its final nonconference game of the season for its first loss of 2009.
Scouting the Knights
Fairleigh Dickinson hosts the Bobcats' first road NEC game of the season when the teams square off on Friday. This season, the Knights are 4-7-1 overall with a 1-2-1 record in NEC play. The team is led by Dominic Reinold's 12 points on five goals and two assists. Paul King ranks second on the team with 11 points on a team-leading five assists and three goals. Majdi Zaineh has made nine starts in net this season for the Knights, posting a .674 save percentage and a goals-against average of 1.40.
The Last Game
In the Bobcats' last game, Quinnipiac fell to Boston College, 1-0, Monday afternoon at the Newton Campus Soccer and Lacrosse Field. Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) turned aside four shots in the game and allowed his first goal in more than 333 minutes of action as the Eagles scored in the 43rd minute of play.
It's About Time
Freshman forward Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) was named the adidas/NEC Rookie of the Week. Suprise was honored for the first collegiate three-goal game of his career. The hat trick powered the Bobcats to a 3-0 win over Bryant on Friday, Oct. 9.
The Bobcats landed in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional Rankings for the fourth time this season. Quinnipiac is currently fifth in the North Atlantic Region.
Where He Stands
Hall is first in the NEC in save percentage this season, posting a figure of .925. He is also first in the league in saves per game at 6.73. Coming into Monday's game with Boston College, Hall's .933 save percentage ranked second in the nation, while his goal-against average of 0.45 ranked ninth in Division I.
It's All About Defense
Prior to the 1-0 loss at Boston College, the Bobcats ranked first in the nation with a .934 team save percentage. Quinnipiac also ranks in the top 10 nationally in two defensive categories. The Bobcats ranked seventh in team goals-against average (0.45) and 10th in shutout percentage (60%).