University Bobcats (6-1-5, 3-0-1 NEC) at
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (6-4-1, 3-1-1 NEC)
Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 2:30 p.m.
Campus Field - Fairfield, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team takes on Sacred Heart Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., at Campus Field in Fairfield, Conn. The Bobcats and Pioneers are currently tied for second place in the Northeast Conference with 10 points each. Quinnipiac is coming off a 1-0 win at defending NEC Champion Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday night in which the Bobcats scored the game winner in the 90th minute of play.
Scouting the Pioneers
Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac are tied for second place in the NEC with each team having 10 points. The Pioneers have played one more conference game than the Bobcats and have an NEC mark of 3-1-1. The team is led offensively by Nemanja Filimonovic this season with five points on two goals and one assist. Brian Francolini and Jesper Frediksson each have a goal and an assist this season. Alex Fait has played every minute in goal for the Pioneers in 2009, posting a save percentage of .907 and 0.61 goals-against average.
"Milwaukee Miracle Man"
Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored his sixth goal of the season on Friday. His goal came in the 90th minute to lift the Bobcats to the 1-0 win at Fairleigh Dickinson. Suprise stole the ball from the defender at midfield and fired a shot into the top right corner from the left sideline 40 yards out with 28 seconds showing on the clock.
Giving Them A Chance to Win
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) recorded his sixth shutout of the season on Friday night. Turning aside four shots, Hall guided Quinnipiac to its sixth win, despite the Knights outshooting the Bobcats, 11-3.
Monkey Off Their Backs
Heading into Friday's game with Fairleigh Dickinson, Quinnipiac had lost 11 of 13 all-time meetings between the two teams. Last season, the No. 3 seeded Bobcats were eliminated from the NEC tournament with a 2-0 loss in the semifinals in West Long Branch, N.J., as the Knights would go on to win the conference championship.
The Kid Can Play
Suprise now ranks second in the NEC in goals with six this season. His game winner against the Knights was his second of 2009, good for third in the conference.
Sunday's Forecast: Defensive Struggle
Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart rank second and third, respectively, in the NEC in goals allowed in 2009. The Bobcats have allowed just six goals in 12 games, while the Pioneers have allowed seven in 11 games. Hall is second in the league in goals-against average, while Sacred Heart's Fait is third. Both goalkeepers rank in the top three in every statistical category this season.
The Last Meeting
Last season, Quinnipiac defeated Sacred Heart, 2-0, on Oct. 19 in Hamden. The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 8-2, including seven wins at home. Quinnipiac has not allowed Sacred Heart to score a goal in the last three meetings, all Bobcat victories.