HAMDEN, Conn. – Seniors William Daniels (Clackamas, Ore.) and Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) each scored a goal on Saturday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team battled America East foe Vermont to a 2-2 draw through double overtime at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Trailing 2-1 late in the second half, Daniels' provided the game-tying goal with a free-kick outside of the penalty box. With the result, the Bobcats improved to 2-4-1 on the season, while the visiting Catamounts moved to 3-3-3.
Similar to their last time out at Hartford, the Bobcats once again produced the game's first goal for an early lead. Less than 10 minutes into the contest, clever combination play between Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) and Robbie McLarney (Londonderry, N.H.) led to another goal for Suprise. On the backend of the buildup, McLarney played a perfect ball to Suprise in behind the Catamount defense. The senior forward needed just one touch, placing a lofted shot over the outstretch arms of Connor Leland for a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, Quinnipiac's advantage was short-lived, as the visiting Catamounts found the equalizer and the go-ahead goal within the next 20 minutes. Vermont's Jonny Bonner capitalized on a penalty kick in the 18th minute, followed by the go-ahead marker 12 minutes later. Senior DJ Edler launched a left-footed blast from 25 yards out that found the top-left corner for a 2-1 lead.
Despite 10 shots and seven corner kicks in the first half, Quinnipiac could not find the equalizer before the halftime whistle. Vermont carried its one-goal advantage into the locker rooms at the break.
After the intermission, the Bobcats carried their momentum into the second half - peppering the Catamount defense. As the clock ticked inside of 30 minutes, Suprise and McLarney brought the crowd to its feet with two great chances. Suprise had a left-footed blast pushed aside by a diving save, while McLarney's blast from 25-yards out was bobbled but then covered by Leland. Nonetheless, Quinnipiac continued to press forward, eventually leading to the equalizer.
In a game that saw 30 fouls between the two teams, the Bobcats made the most of a Catamount infraction in the 77th minute. Daniels lined up a free-kick from 25-yards out that took a kind deflection off of the UVM wall, and past Leland into the lower-left corner. Daniels' third goal of the season knotted the game up at two apiece with over 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
Intensity picked up and tempers began to flare as both teams fought for the game-winner. Unfortunately, strong defense prevailed to conclude a final score of 2-2. QU outshot UVM, 22-10, including a 4-3 margin in the overtime periods. QU also posted a season-high 10 corner kicks throughout the match.
Sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) collected four saves between the posts, while Leland made seven stops for the Catamounts.
The Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation honored Brian Vincent, class of 1986, before kickoff, a beloved member of the QU community who passed away in February of 2011. Vincent was a soccer hall of famer who always treasured the opportunity to come back to play in the annual alumni soccer game. The endowment will be used to fund the Brian Vincent '86 Memorial Men's Soccer Alumni Game, with the inaugural game played this morning.
The Bobcats now look ahead to Northeast Conference competition. Quinnipiac endures its first weekend of NEC action, playing host to Monmouth on Friday, September 28, and then traveling to St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sunday, September 30. Game times are set for 3:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
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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