University Bobcats (8-3-6, 5-2-2 NEC) at
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (6-9-1, 1-7-1 NEC)
Friday, November 6, 2009 - 6 p.m.
Arute Field - New Britain, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team plays its final regular-season game of the 2009 season on Friday, Nov. 6 against Central Connecticut State in New Britain, Conn. The game, originally scheduled for 2 p.m., at CCSU Soccer Field has been moved to 6 p.m., at Arute Field. The Bobcats come into the game needing a win to clinch a berth in the Northeast Conference Tournament for the second year in a row. Quinnipiac is currently on its first two-game losing streak in over a year, posting an 8-3-6 overall record this season and a 5-2-2 mark in NEC play. The game can also be heard live on the WQAQ webstream.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Central Connecticut is in last place in the NEC standings with a 1-7-1 record in conference play. The Blue Devils began their NEC schedule with a tie against Saint Francis (Pa.) and a win against Robert Morris. Since then, CCSU has lost seven straight conference games en route to their four points. Taylor Morgan and Eduardo Ortiz each have four goals for the team lead. Morgan is also the team leader with 11 points. Robert Cavener leads the NEC with his eight assists this season. Paul Armstrong has started 12 games in goal this season for the Blue Devils, posting a .709 save percentage and a goals-against average of 1.79.
Not a Fun
Quinnipiac dropped its second straight game on Sunday at Monmouth. The Hawks shut out the Bobcats, 2-0, on the Great Lawn. It marked the first time in 2009 that Quinnipiac had been held without a goal in a loss, while playing to two scoreless ties.
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) turned aside seven Monmouth shots on Sunday. The Quinnipiac keeper's sixth save of the game gave him 100 for the season. This is the second time that Hall has reached the 100-save plateau, turning aside 112 during his first season of play with the Bobcats in 2007.
Quinnipiac is 4-3-1 on the road this season. All three of the Bobcats' losses this season have come away from Hamden and the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The Bobcats have won their last two games played at Central, both by one goal.
With a win, Quinnipiac will secure a berth in the NEC Tournament for the second consecutive season. If the Bobcats lose or tie and Fairleigh Dickinson wins, they will drop to fourth and the Knights will finish in third. If Quinnipiac loses or ties and both Fairleigh Dickinson and Mount St. Mary's win, the Bobcats will not qualify for the postseason tournament.
Quinnipiac has enjoyed success in recent seasons against CCSU, winning four of the last five meetings. The Bobcats have won the last two contests between the teams, including a 3-1 win in Hamden last season on Oct. 26. Quinnipiac owns a 7-3 all-time record against CCSU, including a 4-1 mark in New Britain.
Hall was recognized for the second time this fall as the Quinnipiac Male Athlete of the Month. Hall received the honor for the third time in his career for posting a 0.64 goals-against average, a .897 save percentage and five shutouts in October. The senior goalkeeper led the nation in save percentage for much of the month, while still leading all Division I goalies in total saves (101).