HAMDEN, Conn. – Sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) recorded six saves on Friday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team endured a second-consecutive setback when the Yale Bulldogs handed the Bobcats a 1-0 loss at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.
With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 2-3 on the season, while the visiting Bulldogs garnered their first win of the 2012 campaign, improving to 1-3-1 in non-conference competition.
Very physical from the opening whistle, the two sides did not have trouble finding a groove on the offensive end. Yet to score a goal this season, the visiting Bulldogs struck first in this one with a tally in the 18th minute of action. Scott Armbrust mustered the game's first goal when the junior forward ripped a shot from outside the 18-yard box that found the back of the net. His blast scraped the crossbar and shot straight down over the goal line for a 1-0 advantage.
Despite controlling a 10-7 advantage in shots, Quinnipiac was unable to find the scoring column in the opening stanza. Senior Robbie McLarney (Londonderry, N.H.) boasted two strong efforts off set-pieces, however, Yale's senior goalkeeper Bobby Thalman was up to the challenge and hung onto both attempts. At the end of 45 minutes, Yale carried a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
After the break, Quinnipiac's offense clicked early, nearly producing the equalizer in the 41st minute. Senior William Daniels (Clackamas, Ore.) weaved his way in-and-out of the Bulldog defenders and ripped a shot towards the far right corner of the net. Unfortunately, Thalman collected one of his 10 saves, deflecting the ball out for a corner kick.
On the ensuing play, McLarney whipped in a cross into the back-post where a wide-open Daniels ogled at another opportunity. Daniels lined up and laced a half-volley just outside the far post, coming within inches of knotting the score up at one apiece.
The Bobcats final chance came in the 75th minute, when sophomore Ola Ogunjobi (London, England) broke through on a breakaway down the right wing. Ogunjobi raced by the last defenders into the penalty box and ripped a shot towards goal. Thalman made the initial save, which deflected out to Daniels who took another crack on net. This time, a Bulldog defender had recovered and cleared the ball off the line and away from danger.
The Bobcats continued to press but a tireless Bulldogs' defense kept QU off the scoreboard and escaped with the 1-0 triumph. Quinnipiac controlled a 22-13 advantage in shots and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. There were 34 infractions called in the contest.
Quinnipiac continues its 2012 campaign with another intrastate match-up next week. The Bobcats travel to West Hartford, Conn. for a Wednesday night showdown with Hartford. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Al-Marzook Field.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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