October 19, 2009

Men's Soccer Second In NSCAA North Atlantic Regional Rankings

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team moved up three spots in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional Rankings. The Bobcats are tied for second with Iona in the most recent North Atlantic Region rankings after posting a 2-1 week. Consecutive 1-0 wins against Northeast Conference opponents Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart and a solid performance at Boston College allowed the Bobcats to move up to second after a fifth-place showing last week. The Bobcats are 7-1-5 overall and are 4-0-1 in NEC play.

"We are proud of the fact that over the course of the last three years we have been a permanent fixture in the region's top 10," said head Coach Eric Da Costa. "These polls are a validation of our program's success and growth. While the recognition is nice, we continue to have our sights set on other goals."

Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) allowed just one goal in the three games and posted his sixth and seventh shutouts of the season in the wins against the Knights and Pioneers. Hall is one of the top goalkeepers in Div. I, posting the best save percentage in the nation (.934). He also has the sixth-best goals-against average in the country at 0.429, while helping the Bobcats to the best team save percentage amongst all 203 Division I teams (.935).

The Bobcats lost their first game of the season in their final nonconference game of 2009 at Boston College on Monday afternoon, 1-0. Quinnipiac was once again solid defensively in a 1-0 win against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday. Current adidas/NEC Rookie of the Week Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) netted the game-winning goal in the 90th minute against the Knights. The freshman forward found the far upper corner of the goal on a shot from 40 yards out along the left sideline at stealing the ball from a Fairleigh Dickinson player at midfield. It was his team-leading sixth goal and second game winner of the season. Against Sacred Heart on Sunday, junior defender Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) scored the game's lone goal on a penalty kick in the 75th minute to lead his team to the 1-0 win.

Quinnipiac next plays on Friday, Oct. 23, when Long Island visits the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The Bobcats and Blackbirds are set to begin play at 3 p.m.