October 23, 2009

Durval Pereira's Goal Lifts Men's Soccer Over Long Island, 1-0

HAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) scored in the 85th minute to lift the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team to a 1-0 win Friday afternoon against Long Island. The second-year forward's first goal of the season found the back to help the Bobcats improve to 5-0-1 in Northeast Conference play, while 8-1-5 overall. The Blackbirds' loss drops their conference record to 2-4 and 5-9 overall. The win keeps Quinnipiac in a first-place tie in the NEC with 16 points.

"The game was a little bit frustrating for all players on the field," said head coach Eric Da Costa. "Both teams played a tight game and in conference play, no one wants to make a mistake. I thought we played better in the second half after making some adjustments at halftime. Durval (Periera) had a great individual effort that led to that goal."

Pereira received a centering pass from senior co-captain Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) 15 yards outside the top of the goal box. The sophomore forward lined up the shot and put it into the top left corner of the net for the goal. The ball made its way to the upper corner after ricocheting off of a Long Island defender challenging the shot. Recklet collected his first point of the season with the assist.

Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) turned away two Blackbird shots in the game to earn his eighth shutout of the season. Hall has now gone 317 minutes without allowing an opponent to score. The Bobcats' netminder also challenged Long Island forwards inside the goal box, forcing several shots wide of the net.

Junior Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) came off the bench and created scoring chances for the Bobcats in the first half. In his first minute of action, Mars beat two defenders along the left sideline before a one-step move toward the middle of the field opened up a shooting lane. A low shot just missed the inside of the post as it slipped wide.

Hall stopped two shots in 90 minutes, while Long Island's Adam Janssen made eight saves and allowed the one goal in picking up the loss.

Quinnipiac next plays on Sunday when it hosts St. Francis (N.Y.) in the final regular season home game of 2009. The Bobcats and Terriers are set to kick off at noon with Senior Day ceremonies set to begin prior to the start of the game.