October 18, 2012

Men's Soccer Squares Off Against Mount St. Mary's On Sunday

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-5-2, 3-1-1 NEC)
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (3-9, 1-4 NEC)
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 1 p.m
QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.

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Let's Break The Tie
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (5-5-2, 3-1-1 NEC) has worked itself into a three-way with Monmouth and Central Connecticut State for second in the Northeast Conference standings. Along with some help of course, the Bobcats look to surge into first with a second-consecutive win on Sunday, October 21 against Mount St. Mary's at the QU Soccer Field. The Bobcats host the Mountaineers at 1 p.m. 

All-Time Against Mount St. Mary's
The Mountaineers have fared well in the all-time series dating back to the inaugural meeting when QU first joined NCAA Division I. However, playing at home could prove advantageous for the Bobcats against MSM. Two wins and the lone tie come when the two teams square off at the QU Soccer Field. 

Scouting the Mountaineers
Entering this weekend, Mount St. Mary's resides in last place in the Northeast Conference standings. Sitting at 3-9, 1-4 in the NEC, the Mountaineers endure a two-game road trip featuring match-ups with CCSU on Friday, and then QU on Sunday – two teams currently tied for second in the NEC. Offensively and defensively, the Mountaineers have struggled thus far and rank in the NEC's bottom two for both categories. Zoncher Dennis and Mark Plaisance lead the attack with three goals and one assist apiece for a team-leading seven points. 

Last Time Against Monmouth
Quinnipiac suffered a heart-breaking loss in double-overtime last season, when a header from Jimmy Ockford snuck by Borja Angoitia for the game-winning goal. The Bobcats received a goal from Philip Suprise in just the second minute of play – the fastest goal after the initial whistle of the 2011 season. 

On The Air
Sunday's game against Mount St. Mary's can be heard live through the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN) by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  Live statistics will also be available. 

Last Time Out
William Daniels and Justin Ward each scored a goal with less than 10 minutes remaining to lift the Bobcats to a 2-0 victory at Bulldogs Stadium in Smithfield, R.I. Daniels netted his fourth goal of the season in the 84th minute, followed by an insurance tally from Ward in the waning seconds. 

Half-Way There
Head Coach Eric Da Costa collected his 50th career win at Quinnipiac against Bryant (10/14), and is now halfway to the 100-mark. Da Costa is 50-61-25 overall (.460) and 28-29-14 (.492) in Northeast Conference competition. 

Game-Winner For Daniels
William Daniels found the back of the net in the 84th minute serving as the game-winner against Bryant (10/14). His fourth goal of the season and ninth of his career lifted the Bobcats to their third NEC win of the campaign. 

Ward On The Board
Justin Ward recorded his first career goal for the Bobcats against Bryant (10/14) this past weekend. Ward finished off a feed from William Cavallo in the 90th minute, granting the sophomore his first points in a Bobcat uniform.

Looking Ahead
The Bobcats hit the road for a pair in Pennsylvania next weekend. QU takes on Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday afternoon, before heading to Robert Morris on Sunday.