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HAMDEN, Conn. – Sophomore Tobi Esche (Bremen, Germany) scored his first collegiate goal on Wednesday afternoon to lift the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team over Marist, 1-0, at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. The Bobcats climbed over the .500 mark to 4-3-4 on the season, but more importantly improved remained unbeaten in MAAC competition (2-0-1).
"I thought we did well and we achieved our goal, which was to walk away with three points," said head coach Eric Da Costa, who collected his 59th career win at Quinnipiac. "One nil is a result that we like because it helps us climb the table, so we're definitely happy with it."
Evidenced by a 10-2 advantage in shots through the first half, Quinnipiac put the Red Foxes on their heels from the opening whistle. After several encouraging chances through 30 minutes of play, Quinnipiac broke through in the 39th minute on a set-piece from the corner. James Doig (Liverpool, England) whipped in a cross from the left side where Esche darted to the near post to flick a header into the top right corner for a 1-0 lead.
"We practiced that all week," said Esche when asked about the goal. "James Doig is great at placing the ball in a spot where we can attack the goal. It was my first collegiate goal so I was very excited."
After halftime, Quinnipiac managed to sustain the majority of possession, which in turn prevented Marist from generating any offense. The Bobcats' back four and goalkeepers Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) and Jason Vancura (Whitman, Mass.) were tremendous in preserving the team's sixth shutout in its last seven games. Whitman replaced Angoitia in the 83rd minute to record his first action in a Quinnipiac uniform.
Angoitia added to his collegiate resume and was credited with the clean sheet. He picked up his 12th career shutout, and became only the third goalkeeper to record 20 career wins at Quinnipiac. Angoitia also lowered his goals against average to 1.24 for his career and is now under 0.90 for the 2013 season. He made one save in the victory.
With the win, the Bobcats are unbeaten in their last four games. Quinnipiac improved to 3-2-1 against the Red Foxes, with all three wins and the tie coming on their home turf. The Bobcats also moved to 2-0 against Marist in the Division I era.
Marist, now 2-10-0 on the season, fell to just 1-3 in MAAC competition. Anthony Sokalski made seven saves between the posts in the losing effort.
Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend with its third MAAC home game of the season. The Bobcats play host to Canisius on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field.
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