University Bobcats (8-1-6, 5-0-2 NEC) at
Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers (4-9-1, 3-3-1 NEC)
Friday, October 30, 2009 - 7 p.m.
Waldron Family Stadium - Emmitsburg, Md.
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team will travel to Emmitsburg, Md., Friday to take on the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers in a Northeast Conference matchup. The Bobcats are in sole possession of first place in the NEC with 17 points and a 5-0-2 record in league play. A loss by Monmouth Sunday at Saint Francis (Pa.) leaves Quinnipiac as the only team in the conference without an NEC loss. The Bobcats are coming off a 1-1 tie with St. Francis (NY) on Sunday. The Mount is in a three-way tie with Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart for the fourth and final postseason spot with 10 points.
Scouting the Mountaineers
The Mount enters the game on a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1). In their last game, the Mountaineers played to a scoreless draw with Robert Morris, following one-goal victories against Saint Francis (Pa.) and at Bryant. Chris Wheeler leads the team with five goals and 11 points. Goalkeeper Chris Davis has played and started in 13 of 14 games this season for Mount St. Mary's. Davis has posted a .672 save percentage and a 1.67 goals-against average in earning his four wins in 2009.
Junior Tolle Staffanson (Goteborg, Sweden) became the seventh member of the Bobcats to score his first-career goal during the 2009 season. After freshman Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) made a quick pass to his right inside the 18-yard box, Staffanson slammed home the loose ball into the lower right corner for the game's opening tally and the first in his career.
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) is the national leader in save percentage again this week. The Bobcats' netminder is posting a .931 save percentage in his final season with the Bobcats. His goals-against average of 0.431 is fourth best amongst Division I goalkeepers on more than 200 teams.
As a Team
Hall and fellow senior goalkeeper Xan Rousselle (Morrisville, Vt.) have combined to post the best team save percentage in the country at .932. The team's 0.430 goals-against average ranks third nationally, while also shutting out opponents in 60% of their games this season to rank sixth in the nation.
How Can That Be?
Despite taking four of six points in a 1-0-1 weekend, the Bobcats dropped from a second-place tie with Iona in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional Rankings to fourth in the North Atlantic Region. Monmouth's loss drops them out of the top spot for the first time all season, while Iona moved up to No. 1. Quinnipiac played to a 2-2 tie with the Gaels in Hamden on Sept. 19.
Suprise's assist on Sunday was his second of the season and gave him 14 points in his freshman campaign. Those 14 points are two off the mark set by Graciano Brito in 2005 for points by a freshman at Quinnipiac at the Division I level. Brito finished his first season with the Bobcats with six goals and four assists in 18 games.
The Last Time...
The Bobcats and the Mountaineers met last season in Hamden on Nov. 9 with Quinnipiac taking the 3-0 victory. Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) netted his final goal of the season in the win as both team's clinched a berth in the NEC Tournament with the result. The Mount leads the all-time series 6-3-1, including a 4-1 mark against the Bobcats in Emmitsburg.