October 17, 2009

Men's Soccer Edges Fairleigh Dickinson With Late Goal, 1-0

TEANECK, N.J. - Freshman Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) of the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team scored the game's lone goal in the 90th minute to lift the Bobcats to a 1-0 win at Fairleigh Dickinson Friday night. Suprise's sixth goal of the season came with just 28 seconds remaining, improving Quinnipiac's Northeast Conference record to 3-0-1 this season and 6-1-5 overall. The Knights' loss drops their NEC mark to 1-3-1 and 4-8-1 overall.

"That was the most spectacular goal I have ever seen tonight," said head coach Eric Da Costa. "We deserved the three points tonight and that goal got us there. We would've liked to have seen it come a little earlier in the game, but our team is leaving with the win and that's what we came here for."

Suprise scored on a long ball from nearly 40 yards out. After junior forward Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) put pressure on the Fairleigh Dickinson goalkeeper who cleared the ball to a midfield teammate. Suprise stole the ball and made a one-touch move around the defender to get free. After taking two steps on goal, the freshman forward put a hard shot towards the goal from 40 yards out near the left sideline. The high shot curved and found its way over the goalkeeper and into the top far corner for the game-winner.

Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) and the Quinnipiac defense kept the Knights off the scoreboard for the entire 90 minutes. Hall stopped four shots in earning his six shutout of the season.

Fairleigh Dickinson outshot the Bobcats, 11-3, in the game, but Quinnipiac's lone shot in the second half proved to be the difference.

"Games like today when the other team plays a very defensive oriented game, it is important that players step up," Da Costa said. "Our defensive players and goalkeeper need to stay alert to not allow a goal due to a lack of focus. Freddy (Hall) and the defenders did a great job tonight to give our forwards a chance to win the game."

Quinnipiac next plays on Sunday when it travels to Fairfield, Conn., and Sacred Heart. The Bobcats and Pioneers are set to kick off at 2:30 p.m.