Men’s Soccer Ready For First MAAC Away Game; Bobcats Travel to Niagara on Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-3-4, 0-0-1 MAAC)
Niagara University Purple Eagles (2-7-1, 0-1-1 MAAC)
Saturday, October 12, 2013 – 2 p.m.
Niagara Field – Niagara University, N.Y.

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MAAC Road Game
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (2-3-4, 0-0-1 MAAC) opened conference play with a tie last weekend, and after a week of preparation will head up north to Niagara University (2-7-1, 0-1-1 MAAC) for its next match. The Bobcats and the Purple Eagles will meet for the first time since 2003 on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Niagara Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. 

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Quinnipiac's game against Niagara will be streamed live on the Purple Eagles Network, courtesy of Niagara Athletics. Live stats will also be available for the contest. 

Series History against Niagara
In a series that began back in 2000, Quinnipiac is 2-0 all-time against the Purple Knights. The Bobcats earned a 4-1 victory in a neutral site showdown in Michigan (2000) and then captured a 2-1 victory three years later in Hamden.   

Scouting the Purple Knights
Fresh off one of the most decorated seasons in program history, the reigning MAAC Tournament Champions have been a little slow out of the gate in 2013. Niagara enters Saturday's match-up with a 2-7-1 overall record and a 0-1-1 mark in conference play, and is just 1-5-1 over its last seven games. Offensively, the Purple Eagles score less than a goal per game and allow 1.70 goals per outing from their opponents. Callum Willmott and Nicholas Watson lead the team with seven points apiece, with Willmott leading the team in goals (3). Four goalkeepers have seen time between the posts. Brenden Ottman has the lowest goals against average (1.15) in 470 minutes of action. 

Last Time out against Iona
Quinnipiac and Iona played through 110 minutes of grueling back-and-forth action before both teams settled for a 0-0 draw at the QU Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats held a considerable advantage in shots for the game, outshooting its opponent, 17-8 overall and 9-5 on shots-on-goal. In the second frame, Quinnipiac took it to Iona, outshooting the Gaels, 6-2, with Justin Ward and James Doig showcasing two good looks while Hinde and Brandon Strain- also threatened late. 

Angoitia in the Record Books
Angoitia continues to climb upwards in Quinnipiac's all-time record books. Angoitia's 10 shutouts has him in sole possession of second place all-time in the category, and his 18 career wins are good enough for third all-time in that category. He is also second all-time in goals against average (1.30). Angoitia collected his fourth shutout of the season against Iona (10/5). 

Keeping the Opposition off the Board
The Bobcats' defense, led by goalkeeper Borja Angoitia, has posted clean sheets in four of its last five games - against the Holy Cross (9/14), Army (9/18), Yale (9/28) and Iona (10/5). Angoitia recorded three saves against the Crusaders, a season-high 10 saves against the Black Knights, then tallied two saves against the Bulldogs and five against the Gaels. 

Baker, Hinde Lead Attack
Simon Hinde and Machel Baker have accounted for all seven goals for Quinnipiac this season. Hinde has five goals, scoring once against Providence (8/30), Boston College (9/2), Lafayette (9/7), Holy Cross (9/14) and Yale (9/28). Baker tallied a goal and an assist against Providence (8/30); scored again against Boston College (9/2); and then tallied an assist in the game against Lafayette (9/7). 

Doig and Panzer Lend a Helping Hand
James Doig and Erik Panzer played large role in Quinnipiac's latest win, assisting on Simon Hinde's goal. The Bobcats earned a corner kick on the right side of the field, where Doig lined up a left-footed strike from the triangle. Doig whipped the cross into the box; Panzer 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. Doig was credited with his first career assist while Panzer earned his second. 

Not Once, But Twice
Borja Angoitia was named the MAAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the week leading up to Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Angoitia was sensational in Quinnipiac's lone game of the week, helping the Bobcats to a 0-0 draw through double overtime against Army. It was his second straight weekly laurel. 

Hinde's Hot Start
Simon Hinde lifted Quinnipiac to the team's first win of the season against Holy Cross (9/14), when he finished off his fourth goal of the campaign. Hinde's tally came on a penalty kick after a hand ball in the 18-yard box, as the Bobcats then held on for the three points. 

MAAC Defensive Player of the Week
Borja Angoitia was named the MAAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the week leading up to Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Angoitia posted 10 saves in a 1-1 week for the Bobcats. In the first game of the week against Loyola (Md.) (9/11), Angoitia made seven saves in an unfortunate 1-0 loss. Angoitia was stellar all match, but a breakaway goal in the 83rd minute proved to be the difference in the losing effort. Angoitia followed that performance with three saves and his first clean sheet of the season in a 1-0 win over Holy Cross (9/14). Angoitia made two saves in the first half and one in the second to preserve the shutout. 

College Sports Madness Player of the Week
Senior Simon Hinde was named to the College Sports Madness Men's Soccer MAAC Player of the Week, announced on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 by the website. Hinde was Quinnipiac's savior against Lafayette, as the senior co-captain erased a 1-0 deficit in the 86th minute with his third goal of the season. With the Leopard goalkeeper out of position, Hinde received a pass from Machel Baker and placed a shot towards goal. In a last-ditch effort to preserve the shutout, a Lafayette defender sprinted after the ball in attempt to clear – but couldn't keep the ball from crossing the line - leaving a 1-1 deadlock. 

That's Three for Nicol
Sam Nicol collected his third career assist against Boston College (Sept. 2) when he connected with Baker in the 12th minute of play. It was his first of the 2013 campaign. 

Coach of the Year
Head Coach Eric Da Costa is currently 57-64-30 overall (.478) and 33-29-5 (.528) in conference competition. Da Costa led the Bobcats to the 2012 regular-season title and was named Coach of the Year by his peers. 

MAAC Preseason Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was tabbed sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced by the league office on Monday, August 26, 2013.

Rk.        Teams (Pts.)
1.            Monmouth (111)
2             Iona (110)
3.            Fairfield (97)
4.            Niagara (78)
5.            Siena (76)
6.            Quinnipiac (72)
7.            Canisius (48)
8.            Marist (46)
9.            Saint Peters (34)
10.          Manhattan (30)
11.          Rider (24) 

MAAC/College Sports Madness Preseason Honors
Goalkeeper Borja Angoitia earned preseason recognition with a trip to the College Sports Madness MAAC Preseason and the MAAC Preseason teams. Angoitia started in all 18 games last year, posting a 10-5-2 record and a total of five shutouts. He also finished with a microscopic 1.12 goals against average and a .788 save percentage. 

Robbie McLarney Signs Overseas
Former Quinnipiac men's soccer midfielder Robbie McLarney signed to play professionally with Waterford United F.C. in the First Division of the League of Ireland on August 6, 2013. He played in the friendly against Crystal Palace, and then made his Blues debut in the win over Longford Town at the end of August. 

Freddy Inks MLS Contract
Former Quinnipiac University men's soccer goalkeeper Freddy Hall made his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut with Toronto FC on August 25, 2012. Hall was the first player in Quinnipiac history to sign an MLS contract.  Hall made seven starts in the 2012 season. 

2012 Regular-Season Title
The 2012 Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (10-5-3, 8-1-1 NEC) won six straight games to close out the regular-season and claimed their first title in program history. Quinnipiac went on to host the NEC Tournament but fell short in the semifinals by virtue of penalty kicks to conclude the campaign. 

Quinnipiac in the Postseason
The Bobcats made their fifth NEC playoff appearance last year. The Bobcats lone win came back in 2009 when they outlasted the Terriers in penalty kicks to advance to the championship game. 

Looking Ahead
Quinnipiac is back in action next week with two more conference games in Hamden. The Bobcats take on Marist on Wednesday, Oct. 16 (4 p.m.) and then host Canisius over the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 19 (3 p.m.). Both games will take place at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.