Men's Soccer Hosts Cross-Town Rival Yale On Friday Afternoon

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-2, 0-0 NEC)
Yale Bulldogs (0-3-1, 0-0 IVY)
Friday, September 14, 2012 - 4 p.m.
QU Soccer Field - 4 p.m.

New Haven County Showdown
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (2-2) will look to bounce back with a crucial non-conference showdown with New Haven Country rival, Yale University. The Ivy League foe crosses the border on Friday, September 14 for a 4 p.m. tilt at the QU Soccer Field.

All-Time Against Yale
The Bulldogs have controlled the all-time series with Quinnipiac, winning eight of the 10 encounters. Over the last three seasons, however, the two teams tied twice, with Yale edging out a 3-2 victory in last year's meeting. 

Scouting the Bulldogs
Off to an unkind 0-3-1 start, the Bulldogs are trying to avoid their second winless start through five games in their last three seasons. Offense certainly has not come easy thus far, as Yale has yet to score a goal through four games. Most recently, Fairfield handed the Bulldogs a 1-0 loss when the Stags converted in the 69th minute to solidify Yale's third loss of the season. Senior goalkeeper Bobby Thalman has kept busy between the posts, turning aside 21 shots for a respectable 0.808 save percentage. 

Last Time Against Yale
The Bobcats found themselves on the losing end of a highly competitive contest against cross-town rival Yale last season, in which a late goal in the 88th minute gave the Bulldogs the 3-2 victory at Reese Stadium. Philip Surprise and Durval Pereira each collected a goal and an assist on the evening for the Bobcats, while Borja Angoitia made three saves in net for Quinnipiac. 

On The Air
Fans can tune in live to Friday's broadcast courtesy of the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN) by clicking the appropriate links on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live statistics will also be available.  

Last Time Out
Philip Surprise's fourth straight goal was not enough last Saturday, as the Bobcats suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Loyola (Md.), 2-1, at the Ridley Athletic Complex on a rainy evening in Baltimore. Combination play between Robbie McLarney, Tim Quigley and Philip Suprise resulted in a 25-yard blast into the upper-right corner of the net for his 21st career goal. Borja Angoitia made six saves in the match. 

Milestone Reached
With his goal against Loyola (Md.) (Sept. 8), Philip Suprise reached the 50-point plateau for his career at Quinnipiac. He moved into a two-way tie for 11th place all-time in points (50), eighth place all-time in goals (21) and remains in two assists shy of cracking top 15 all-time. 

Tag-Team
Robbie McLarney and Tim Quigley each recorded an assist on Suprise's spectacular goal at Loyola (Md.) (Sept. 8). McLarney now has one goal and one assist on the season, while Quigley earned his first tally of the campaign.

Looking Ahead
QU remains in the state of Connecticut for its next match, traveling to Hartford on Wednesday, September 19 to take on the Hawks. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. under the lights at Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford, Conn.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu