Men's Soccer Opens NEC Play Against Bryant On Friday, Travels To NJIT On Sunday

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Friday, September 30, 2011 – 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-3-0) (0-0-0 Northeast Conference) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (1-4-1) (0-0-0 Northeast Conference)

Quinnipiac Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.

Sunday, October 2, 2011 – 2 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-3-0) (0-0-0 Northeast Conference) vs.
New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders (1-7-2) (0-0-0 Atlantic Soccer Conference)

Lubetkin Field at J. Malcolm Simon Stadium – Newark, N.J. 

Northeast Conference Action
The Quinnipiac men's soccer team begins Northeast Conference play when it hosts NEC opponent Bryant on Friday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. The Bobcats will then play its final non-conference regular-season game when it travels to face NJIT on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. 

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About Bryant
The Bulldogs are coming off their first victory of the season when they shutout Manhattan, 1-0, on Sunday, Sept. 25. Senior Bunmi Familoni netted the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute of play, helping to end the Bulldogs' two-game losing streak. Sophomore goalkeeper George Spanos made four saves in net for Bryant on the afternoon. Overall, the Bulldogs are led by senior Nicholas Parisi, who has two goals and one assist on the season. Freshman Connor Norat, junior Ryan Stone and Familoni have each scored one goal on the season. Spanos has put together a .714 save percentage to go along with a 1.61 goals against average on the year. 

All-Time Against Bryant
Friday's contest will be the third time the two sides face each other at the Division I level, with the teams splitting the first two games of the series. In their last meeting on October 15, 2010, Bryant defeated Quinnipiac, 2-0. Despite Quinnipiac's 16 to 9 shot advantage, the Bulldogs relied on two first-half goals and solid goalkeeping from senior Victory Tutuino to preserve the win. 

About NJIT
The Highlanders are coming off their third-straight loss following a 3-0 defeat against St. Peter's on Wednesday, Sept. 28. On the season, Franco Gamero leads the squad with three goals scored, while Christian Galindo, Emeka Nwachukwu, and Luis Granizo have each netted one goal for the Highlanders on the season. Lars Maalen-Johansen and Adriano Deabreu have each made five starts in net for NJIT and have combined for a 1.71 goals against average to go along with a cumulative .731 save percentage on the year. 

All-Time Against NJIT
Sunday's contest will be the fourth time the two sides face each other, as Quinnipiac owns a 3-0 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on October 17, 2010, the Bobcats defeated the Highlanders, 3-0, to win its first non-conference victory of the season. In the game, junior defender William Cavallo (Londonderry, N.H.) gave Quinnipiac the 1-0 advantage just over 25 minutes into the game. Each team held each other scoreless for the remainder of the first-half and much of the second half, until seniors Fabricio Silva (83rd minute) and Dwayne Mars (90th minute) each scored in the final minutes of the game. Sophomore goalkeepers George Ellis and Josh Lavallee combined to make four saves on the afternoon to preserve the shutout victory. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac won its second consecutive game of the season when it defeated Loyola (Md.), 1-0, on Saturday, Sept. 24. Senior defender William Cavallo drove home the game-winning goal early in the second-half, as the Bobcats were able to come away with its first shutout of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) made four saves for his first-career shutout. 

Cavallo To The Rescue
Senior defender William Cavallo (Londonderry, N.H.) sparked Quinnipiac's 1-0 victory over Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, Sept. 24, scoring his first goal of the season in the 53rd minute of play. The senior received a pass inside the goalkeeper's box from junior Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) and drilled a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced into the net. Cavallo is currently tied for third on the squad with three points (one goal, one assist) on the season. 

Clean Slate
Prior to Saturday's win, Quinnipiac's last shutout victory came on October 17, 2010 in a 3-0 victory over NJIT. 

Two In A Row
With its second-consecutive victory, Quinnipiac equals its longest winning streak from last season. The last time the Bobcats held a three-game winning streak came during the 2009 season. 

Out Of Conference Success
Quinnipiac earned its second victory over a non-conference opponent, surpassing its single out-of-conference victory a season ago. 

Season Schedule
Following Friday's contest against Bryant, the Bobcats travel to NJIT on Sunday, Oct. 2 to play their last remaining non-conference game of the season.

Quinnipiac then hosts St. Francis (Pa.) on Friday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m., followed by a matchup against Robert Morris on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac then begins its longest stretch of road contests, beginning with Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m., followed by Monmouth on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., Mount St. Mary's on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. and Central Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.

Quinnipiac hosts Long Island on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. before visiting Sacred Heart on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will play their final regular-season on their home field when they host St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu