NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) scored his sixth goal of the season and goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) posted another clean sheet on Saturday, as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team outlasted Niagara University, 1-0, for its first MAAC win in program history. Quinnipiac improved to 3-3-4 overall, and now with four points in conference play sits in the top half of the MAAC standings.
Hinde's team-leading and MAAC-leading sixth goal of the season came at the most opportune time for Quinnipiac – with the senior midfielder finding the back of the net in the 61st minute to erase a 0-0 scoreless draw. Hinde was set up by Ola Ogunjobi (London, England) on the play, when he received a pass just inside the 18-yard box on the left side of the field. Hinde took one touch and ripped a shot into the bottom corner of the far post for a 1-0 lead. Quinnipiac buckled down on defense and held on for the one-goal triumph.
Quinnipiac's goal was certainly well-deserved in the lopsided affair. The Bobcats boasted a 14-5 shot advantage throughout the match, while obtaining a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal. Quinnipiac also held a 2-0 advantage on corner kicks.
Angoitia needed to make one save in the match, but that one save granted him another shutout and another win. He collected his 11th career shutout, the fifth in his last six games, and collected his 19th career win. He remains just two wins shy of Adam Cohen '94, who is in second place with 21 career victories at Quinnipiac. He remains second all-time in shutouts and goals against average (1.27).
In a series that began back in 2000, Quinnipiac is now 3-0 all-time against the Purple Knights. Prior to this match, 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.
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.
With the loss, Niagara fell to 2-8-1 overall and 0-2-1 in conference play. The Purple Eagles return to the pitch next weekend against Fairfield.
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