October 18, 2009

Men's Soccer Defeats Sacred Heart, 1-0

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Junior Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) scored the lone goal of the game to give the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team a 1-0 win at Sacred Heart Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats are now 4-0-1 in Northeast Conference play with the win, while 7-1-5 overall. The Pioneers drops to 3-2-1 in conference play, three points back of Quinnipiac. The Bobcats are now tied with No. 8 Monmouth for first place in the NEC with 13 points.

After a foul on Sacred Heart in the 18-yard box, Soubrier lined up to take the Bobcats' penalty kick. The junior defender's shot found its way to left side of the net past Sacred Heart goalkeeper Alex Fait who had guessed the shot would go to the right portion of the goal. Soubrier is now second on the team with three goals this season, two coming on penalty kicks.

"Whenever you go on the road the goal is to get as many points as possible," said head coach Eric Da Costa. "To go out on the road in miserable conditions both days and win is great. We are extremely pleased to get six points this weekend."

The Pioneers controlled the offensive tempo during the first half, putting five shots on goal to the Bobcats' two. Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. Bermuda) stopped all five and two more in the second half for seven in the game.

Hall's seven shutouts this season match his entire total from last season. He has now gone the last 226 minutes without allowing a goal from the opposition.

"Pierre (Soubrier), Matthew Rothbart (Cheshire, Conn.), Tolle Staffason (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Conor Murphy (Wallingford, Conn.) played well today," Da Costa added. "They kept the ball in front of them and forced Sacred Heart to take shots from the outside. Freddy (Hall) made the saves he needed to win and held on to the ball in slippery conditions."

After scoring the game-winning goal in the 90th minute against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday night, freshman Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) led the Bobcats with two shots on goal against the Pioneers.

Quinnipiac next plays on Friday, Oct. 23 as it plays host to Long Island. The Bobcats and Blackbirds are set to begin at 3 p.m., from the Quinnipiac Soccer Field in Hamden.