HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior defender Pierre Soubrier's (Aurignac, France) free-kick goal in the 93rd minute of play propelled Quinnipiac to a 4-3 overtime victory over Northeast Conference opponent Central Connecticut on Friday afternoon. Quinnipiac improves its overall record to 4-11-1 and its NEC record to 3-6, while Central Connecticut falls to 4-10-3 overall and 1-6-3 in NEC play.
Soubrier capped off a terrific day, in which he figured in three goals (one goal, two assists), with a powerful blast on a free-kick that beat the Blue Devil's junior goalkeeper James Perkins. Quinnipiac's bench cleared to mob the senior captain, whose goal halted the Bobcats' three-game losing streak.Quinnipiac jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of play, as sophomore forward William Daniels (Bethany, Conn.) controlled a cross from Soubrier and knocked in his third goal of the season.
The Bobcats continued to apply the pressure up front, when sophomore defender William Cavallo (Londonderry, N.H.) unloaded a blast from the top of the box in the 12th minute of play to give Quinnipiac the 2-0 advantage. The ball hardly elevated off the turf, as it blew by the Blue Devils goalkeeper for Cavallo's third goal of the year. Matthew Rothbart (Cheshire, Conn.) took the corner kick for Quinnipiac and was credited with his first assist of the season.
Central Connecticut scored just seven minutes later in the 19th minute of play on freshman defender Ian Smurthwaite's first career goal.
The Blue Devils tallied their second goal just before halftime in the 45th minute of play, as senior midfielder Connor Smith took a pass from freshman forward Andrew Ferrucci and netted his third goal of the year.
Sophomore forward Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) headed in his fourth goal of the year in the 67th minute to give Quinnipiac the 3-2 advantage. Soubrier earned his team-leading fifth assist of the season on the score.
The Blue Devils registered the game-tying goal with just 33 seconds left in regulation, when freshman defender Jose Pablo Gamboa Palavicini headed in a cross off a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Jesse Menzies.
Sophomore goalkeeper Josh Lavallee (Upland, Calif.) made three saves on the afternoon for Quinnipiac, while his counterpart Perkins turned away five shots.
Quinnipiac returns to action for its final game of the season on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. against #11 Monmouth University. The Bobcats will honor its eight seniors as part of its senior day ceremonies prior to the contest.