Men's Soccer Travels To Face No.16 Boston College On Thursday, Sept. 1 At 4 PM

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-1-0) (0-0-0 NEC) vs.
Boston College Eagles (2-0-0) (0-0-0 ACC) 

Boston College Soccer Complex – Newton, Mass. 

First Road Test
The Quinnipiac men's soccer team faces its first road test when it heads out on the road to play Atlantic Coast Conference opponent No. 16 Boston College on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m.

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About Boston College
The Eagles are coming off a 2-1 victory over Fairfield on Monday, Aug. 29, winning their second-consecutive game to begin the season. Junior Kyle Bekker scored both goals for Boston College, each coming in the second half. Bekker's first goal came off an assist from junior Charlie Rugg, while his second score came off a free kick strike. On the season, Rugg leads the squad with two goals and one assist, while Bekker (two goals) and senior Amit Abumrmad (one goal) are the other two Eagles who have scored. Junior goalkeeper Justin Luthy has allowed three goals on nine shots on the season, for a 1.50 goals against average and a .667 save percentage. 

All-Time Against The Eagles
Thursday's meeting will be the sixth time the two sides face each other, with Boston College owning a 4-1 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on September, 4, 2010, Boston College defeated Quinnipiac, 1-0, scoring the game-winning goal off a penalty kick in the 89th minute of play. Both teams played with great defensive intensity, as the Eagles saw only five shots on goal compared to Quinnipiac's two shots. Quinnipiac goalkeeper George Ellis made a game-high four saves in net. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac dropped its first game of the season in a home contest against Providence, 2-1, on Monday, Aug. 29. Quinnipiac buried the first goal of the game on an impressive header from freshman forward Nils von der Heide (Munich, Germany) in the 24th minute of play, but a Providence goal in the 37th minute of play knotted the score at one. The Friars grabbed the lead in the 70th minute of play off a corner kick set piece, and refused to relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. Freshman goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Vizcaya) made two saves in net for Quinnipiac, as his counterpart Jhojan Obando turned away six shots. 

Young Bloods
Freshmen Matthew Donovan (Holliston, Mass.), Ola Ogonjobi (London, England) and von der Heide combined to take five of Quinnipiac's 11 shots on the afternoon. Donovan's opportunity came just over six minutes into the first half, as his strike from just outside the penalty box hit the post and deflected away. Ogonjobi provided Quinnipiac's last attempt at an equalizer, firing an off-balance shot inside the box in the 87th minute.

Freshman Radar
Machel Baker (Spanish Town, Jamaica) and Justin Ward (New Egypt, N.J.) each made his own mark during the preseason, highlighting a talented group of nine freshmen set to join the squad this season. Baker's two first-half goals and Ward's second-half tally guided the Bobcats to a 4-0 victory over Post in their final exhibition game on Wednesday, Aug. 24.  

NEC Preseason Poll
The Quinnipiac men's soccer team was selected to finish seventh in the 2011 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The Bobcats, who finished the 2010 season 4-11-2 overall (3-6-1 NEC), return 12 players from last season.

2011 NEC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll (First Place Votes)

1. Monmouth (10)
2. Fairleigh Dickinson
3. Sacred Heart
4. Saint Francis (Pa.) (1)
5. Long Island
    Mount St. Mary's
7. Quinnipiac
    Robert Morris
    St. Francis (N.Y.)
10. Central Connecticut State
11. Bryant 

Leader Of The Pack
Top-scorer and assistant captain, junior Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.), who finished the 2010 campaign with five goals and one assist, has led the Bobcats in goals scored and overall points in each of the last two seasons. The junior finished last season tied for second in goals and third in points among all NEC players during in-conference action.

Threats Up Front
Senior captain Durval Pereira returns up front to play alongside Suprise, as the Cheshire, Conn. native looks to regain his form following a season-ending injury in 2010 which occurred in the team's opening match. For his career, Pereira has eight goals and six assists. Junior forward William Daniels (Clackamas, Ore.), who finished tied for fourth on the squad with seven points (three goals, one assist) in 2010, will provide additional support up front for the Bobcats.

Defend The Net
Assistant captain Brandon Strain-Goode (Toronto, Ontario) will lead the Bobcats from the back, as the sophomore logged the most minutes (1577) on the team in 2010, playing in every minute of action. Junior defender Greg DiGiovine (Cranford, N.J.), who played the second-most minutes of any Quinnipiac player in 2010, is the other returning starter on defense for the Bobcats.

Season Schedule
Following the road contest against Boston College, the Bobcats travel to face Vermont on Monday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. followed by a visit to Yale on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

Quinnipiac begins a three-game home stand with a game against Hartford on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. The Bobcats then host Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. followed by their first NEC game of the season against Bryant on Friday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m.

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.