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HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) capitalized on a late penalty kick to lift the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team over Holy Cross, 1-0, at the QU Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 1-2-2 on the young season while also collecting their fourth straight win against the Crusaders.
"It's been a continuation of what we have done thus far," said head coach Eric Da Costa, who picked up his 56th career win with the result. "We had some good buildups and some good looks at goal. We showed a lot of perseverance on our home turf and we were looking for that goal, the goal came late and came off a penalty, but it came."
The Bobcats bombarded the Crusaders' defense for nearly 80 minutes before finally breaking through. Quinnipiac worked the ball deep into Holy Cross territory and caught a well-deserved break with a hand ball in the box – resulting in a penalty kick. Hinde calmly approached the ball after the whistle and beat the Holy Cross goalkeeper to the bottom left corner for a 1-0 lead. Quinnipiac locked down on defense and held on for the one-goal victory.
Due in large part its junior goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain), Quinnipiac was able to preserve the team's first clean sheet of the season. Angoitia posted three saves and moved into a tie for second place on Quinnipiac's career shutouts list (7). He also picked up his 17th career win, which is good enough for third all-time in the category.
"We talked before the game about having a complete performance both offensively and defensively," said Da Costa. "Obviously our goal was to score and we wanted to score more than one, but we'll take the one. We also kept our goal of keeping a clean sheet."
Quinnipiac controlled the majority of possession through the entire match, outshooting Holy Cross, 15-6, on the afternoon. The Bobcats created several great scoring chances throughout the game including one in the 24th minute on a set-piece from midfield. James Doig (Liverpool, England) drove a ball into the left side of the penalty area where Stevenson Hawkey (Pennington, N.J.) broke free from his defender. Hawkey redirected a header towards the far post, but unfortunately watched his attempt trickle just wide of the right post and out for a goal kick.
After halftime, Quinnipiac fiercely pressed forward and nearly broke the deadlock just 11 minutes into the second frame. This time, Justin Ward (New Egypt, N.J.) got into the action with an attempt from 23 yards out on the left side of the field. Ward took two touches to his right and blasted a dipping shot towards goal that seemed to have HC goalkeeper Michael Thompson beat. However, Thompson retreated in the nick of time to tip the ball over the crossbar and out for a corner kick. The Bobcats put five shots on target and lined up five corner kicks in the game.
With the win, Quinnipiac inched closer to closing the gap in the all-time series. The Bobcats' extended its current winning-streak against the Crusaders to four games, while improving to 5-6-1 in their 12-game history. Quinnipiac also improved to 4-2-1 at home, dating back to the first meeting in 1998.
The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 18 with its third home game of the 2013 campaign. Quinnipiac welcomes Army for a 4 p.m. start at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.
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