Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-4-4, 5-1-1 MAAC)
Saint Peter's Peacocks (3-8-4, 1-4-2 MAAC)
Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 2 p.m.
QU Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.
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The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (7-4-4, 5-1-1 MAAC) will play its final home game of the 2013 season on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. The Bobcats are set to host Saint Peter's University (3-8-4, 1-4-2 MAAC) on Senior Day at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. with a brief ceremony before hand to recognize QU's Senior Class.
Quinnipiac's game against Saint Peter's will be streamed live on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by QBSN - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events". Live stats will also be available.
Prior to the start of Saturday's game, Quinnipiac University Men's Soccer Head Coach Eric Da Costa and Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald will take a minute to recognize the senior class members of the men's soccer program. This group has enjoyed a tremendous stint in a Bobcats' uniform, a run that includes a regular-season title last year. Seniors Brandon Strain-Goode, Simon Hinde, Ola Ogunjobi, Jason Vancura and Sam Nicol make up the graduating class.
Scouting the Peacocks
Saint Peter's currently has five points and with three wins in its final three games the Peacocks would have 14 points. Manhattan and Fairfield are currently tied for fourth in the standings with 11 points. The Peacocks are also coming off two encouraging results in a 1-0 win against Canisius and a tough 1-0 loss at Iona. Marcel Maddee' will be a focal point of the Bobcat defense. He leads the SPU attack with four goals and five assists on the season. Carlos Suarez and David Giddings have both seen time in goal for the Peacocks, but Giddings will likely start after getting the nod in their last three games. He has a 1.27 goals against average and two out of the team's three wins.
Last Time out against Fairfield
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team returned to its winning ways on Wednesday (10/30) as the Bobcats handed Fairfield University a 2-0 loss at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Standing just 30 miles apart, the afternoon matinee was the first meeting ever between the two programs.
Making Its Mark
The two newcomers to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University, serve as the top two teams in league play. The Hawks are atop the table with 19 points and have clinched a playoff spot, while the Bobcats and Iona have 16 points apiece. Only the top four teams qualify for the MAAC Championships.
Getting Hot at the Right Time
The Bobcats are 6-1-1 in their last eight games, which included a four-game winning streak until their loss to Monmouth. Over the past two seasons, Quinnipiac is 13-2-3 in games played after Sept. 24, and 12-2-3 against conference opposition.
You Can't lose If They Don't Score
The Bobcats' defense has posted clean sheets in eight of its last 11 games - against the Holy Cross (9/14), Army (9/18), Yale (9/28), Iona (10/5), Niagara (10/12), Marist (10/16), Manhattan (10/23) and Fairfield (10/30). Quinnipiac leads the league in shutouts (8), goals against average (0.76) and goals allowed (12), and is tied for 16th in the nation in shutout percentage.
NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was ranked fourth in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Soccer North Atlantic Regional Poll.
Brandon Strain-Goode waited nearly four years to do it, but came through during the most opportune time for Quinnipiac. Strain-Goode scored his first career goal against Fairfield (10/30) – a goal that proved to be the difference in the decision.
He Shoots, He Scores
Simon Hinde scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season against Fairfield (10/30), which has him ranked amongst the national and MAAC leaders. He has goals against Providence (8/30), Boston College (9/2), Lafayette (9/7), Holy Cross (9/14), Yale (9/28), Niagara (10/19), Canisius (10/19) and the Stags.
Pure Dead Brilliant
Scotland native Sam Nicol has two goals and two assists in his last four games for the Bobcats. Nicol scored the game's first goal against Canisius (10/19) and then assisted on the game-winner that same day as well. He followed that performance with a goal at Manhattan (10/23) – which eventually proved to be the game-winner. With his assist against Fairfield (10/30), Nicol has two career goals and five career assists.
Tobi Esche scored his first career goal against Marist (10/16) to lift the Bobcats to their second MAAC win of season. James Doig whipped in a cross from the left corner where Esche darted to the near post to flick a header into the top right corner for the game's lone goal. Esche helped the offense again in the team's most recent outing, dishing out two assists in the win over Fairfield (10/30). He has four career points at Quinnipiac.
Angoitia in the Record Books
Borja Angoitia continues to climb upwards in Quinnipiac's all-time record books. He currently finds himself within the top three all-time in three career statistical categories at QU. He is second in career shutouts (13) and goals against average (1.21), and tied for second all-time in wins (21). His seven shutouts this year also has him tied for second for shutouts in a single-season.