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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team enters MAAC competition next week on a high note, as the Bobcats outlasted Yale University, 1-0, at Reese Stadium in New Haven. The victory marked Quinnipiac's first win against the Bulldogs since the bitter rivalry began back in 1998. Senior Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) led the Bobcat attack with his fifth goal of the season.
The Bobcats wrapped up its difficult non-conference slate and improved to 2-3-3 over the span. Yale fell to 1-6 overall while suffering their fifth straight loss dating back to September 13th where the Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision to Fairfield.
Quinnipiac pressed forward right from the opening whistle in this one and manufactured the game's first goal just six minutes into the match. The Bobcats earned a corner kick on the right side of the field, where James Doig (Liverpool, England) lined up a left-footed strike from the triangle. Doig whipped the cross into the box; Erik Panzer (Nelson, New Zealand) rose up and knocked the ball down with his head to Hinde; who ripped a half-volley into the far left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
"Fantastic, fantastic, you know from both a leadership standpoint and quality of play he worked his socks off for 90 minutes," said head coach Eric Da Costa of Hinde's performance. "In his position in the middle of the field you have to be the hardest working player out there, and he did that for us today."
The remainder of the half featured nine more shots between the two sides, none of which that would find the back of the net. Quinnipiac mustered a 6-4 advantage on shots through the opening frame, forcing Bulldog goalkeeper Blake Brown to make two stops before the halftime whistle.
After the break, the track meet continued with each team racing up and down the field. Yale pressed forward for the equalizer, but junior goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) and the Bobcat defense rallied behind its rambunctious supporting cast in the stands. Angoitia made two saves in the game, both in the second half, and preserved his ninth career shutout.
"Great, great," Da Costa remarked after the game in regards to his defense. "Especially when you have to weather a storm, and the team (opposing) is chasing and the clock is winding down. You have to be mentally strong and have the mental fortitude to be able deal with that and clear the ball from danger."
The first goal was vital for Quinnipiac, who improved to 10-2-2 since last season when scoring the game's first marker. The Bobcats also snapped a two-game slide with the Bulldogs.
The Bobcats are back in action next weekend with the start of the all-important Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule. Quinnipiac hopes that a hot start is in store as the Bobcats host three of their first four MAAC opponents. QU welcomes Iona for its conference-opener on Saturday, October 5 (3 p.m.) before hitting the road for a clash with the reigning MAAC champion, Niagara (10/12). The following week consists of home games against Marist (10/16) and Canisius (10/19). Both of those matches are set for 4 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field.
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