Northeast Conference Championship Game
No. 3 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-3-7) at
No. 1 Monmouth University Hawks (17-1-1)
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 - 12 p.m.
The Great Lawn - West Long Branch N.J.
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team will play in the program's first ever Northeast Conference Championship Game Sunday at noon against the top-seeded Monmouth Hawks. The game will take place on Monmouth's Great Lawn in West Long Branch, N.J. The No. 3 ranked Bobcats earned the right to play in the final game with a 4-3 win on penalty kicks against St. Francis (NY) in the NEC semifinals after the teams played to a 1-1 draw following 110 minutes of action.
The Hawks advanced to the 2009 NEC Championship Game with a 2-0 win against defending champs Fairleigh Dickinson in the first semifinal Friday afternoon. Freshman Cody Calafiore netted both Monmouth goals in the game to halt the five-game win streak that earned the Knights the fourth, and final, spot in the NEC Tournament. 2009 NEC Player of the Year Ryan Kinne picked up an assist on the first goal, while George Caiella collected assists on both goals. All-NEC Second Team goalkeeper Bryan Meredith only had to make three saves in earning the win to send his team to its second consecutive NEC title game appearance.
Sunday's game can be heard live on the WQAQ Webstream. Corey Hersch and Robin Schuppert will provide the play-by-play and color commentary of the action from the Great Lawn. Fans can also watch the game using the Pack Network's coverage on NortheastConference.TV. The free Webcast will provide fans with a TV-style presentation and commentary from Craig D'Amico and Matt Harmon. Live stats will also be available at the start of the game.
Senior captain Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) scored the game winner in the fifth round of penalty kicks on Friday. Juniors Johan Karlhagen (Gothenburg, Sweden), Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) and sophomore Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) were the three other members of the Bobcats to net tallies in penalty kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) turned aside a season-high 14 shots in the game against the Terriers. The day after being named to the All-NEC First Team as the league's top goalkeeper, Hall stopped two shots in the first overtime period, before turning aside another two in the second extra session to force the kicks. He also stopped the first and last St. Francis (NY) shooters to give Recklet the chance to score the winner.
Pereira scored the Bobcats' lone goal of regulation. On a 40-yard free kick, the second-year forward put a high ball into the box that sailed over all the St. Francis defenders. The ball dropped in behind the defensive wall and into the goal for the equalizer in the 66th minute.
The Bobcats and Hawks played at the Great Lawn on Nov.1. Monmouth defeated Quinnipiac, 2-0, on the strength of two goals from RJ Allen. Neither team was able to sustain offensive pressure for extended periods of time as Hall did not record a save in the game, while Meredith stopped all four Quinnipiac shots he faced.
The 4-3 penalty kick win was the first time that the Bobcats had won a postseason game in program history. Quinnipiac had been 0-3 entering the game in NEC Tournament play. It was also the first time that the Bobcats had ever played a game that needed penalty kicks to decide the outcome.
Hall and Soubrier were recognized as members of the All-NEC First Team Thursday night at the annual conference banquet. Recklet was honored as a member of the Second Team for the second consecutive year. Freshman forward Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) joined the senior captain on the Second Team after leading the Bobcats in goals and points in his first season with in Hamden.