Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-4-5, 5-1-2 MAAC)
Siena College Saints (7-8-1, 3-4-1 MAAC)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – 3 p.m.
Siena Turf Field - Loudonville, N.Y.
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The Home Stretch
Already having clinched a playoff spot, the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (7-4-5, 5-1-2 MAAC) comfortably returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. The Bobcats travel to Siena College for a clash with the Saints in Loudonville, N.Y. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at the Siena Turf Field.
Quinnipiac's game against Siena will be streamed online courtesy of the Saints Athletic Department. In addition, the game can be tracked through live stats as well.
All-Time Against Siena
The Bobcats are undefeated against Siena in the all-time series, winning once and tying twice in three meetings. After a 3-0 win back in 2001, Quinnipiac and Siena have played through double overtime in their last two encounters, a 2-2 decision in 2001 and a 0-0 result in 2008. The 2-2 tie came on QU's home field.
Scouting the Saints
Siena College enters Wednesday's matchup with a 7-8-1 record, but has not been playing well of late. The Saints are 2-4-1 over their last seven games, which feature five results that were decided by one goal or fewer. However, that does include a 2-0 win over Iona – the MAAC's second place team at the moment – and most recently a 3-2 win against Rider. James Beeston and Nathan Olukanmi lead the offensive attack, combining for eight goals and 12 assists thus far. Adam Myers will likely be in goal for the Saints, boasting a 1.31 save percentage and three shutouts on the season. Siena is 5-3 when playing at home.
Last Time out against Saint Peter's
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team became the second team to clinch a spot in the 2013 MAAC Championships on Saturday (11/2), as the Bobcats played Saint Peter's to a 0-0 draw through double overtime at the QU Soccer Field. Quinnipiac needed just one point to solidify a spot in the final four and earned the tally on Senior Day from Mount Carmel Campus.
The MAAC Tournament
Quinnipiac joined Monmouth University and Iona College in clinching a spot in the MAAC Championships, which are set for Nov. 15-17 in Fairfield. Monmouth sits in first place with 23 points, Iona has control of second with 19, and Quinnipiac is in third with 17. Siena, Fairfield and Manhattan are battling it out for the fourth and final spot. Quinnipiac needs three points to avoid a first-round clash with the top-seed in the tournament.
Quinnipiac in the Postseason
The Bobcats have clinched their sixth postseason playoff appearance since joining Division I. The Bobcats lone win came back in 2009 when they outlasted St. Francis Brooklyn in penalty kicks to advance to the championship game.
Prior to the start of Saturday's game (11/2), Quinnipiac University Men's Soccer Head Coach Eric Da Costa and Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald took 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 included a regular-season title last year. Seniors Brandon Strain-Goode, Simon Hinde, Ola Ogunjobi, Jason Vancura and Sam Nicol make up the graduating class.
Getting Hot at the Right Time
The Bobcats are 6-1-2 in their last nine games, which included a four-game winning streak until their loss to Monmouth. Over the past two seasons, Quinnipiac is 13-2-4 in games played after Sept. 24, and 12-2-4 against conference opposition.
You Can't lose If They Don't Score
The Bobcats' defense has posted clean sheets in nine of its last 12 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), Fairfield (10/30) and Saint Peter's (11/2).
The Best in the MAAC
Quinnipiac leads the league in shutouts (9), goals against average (0.70) and goals allowed (12) this season. The Bobcats are tied for fifth in the nation in shutout percentage (0.56) and are 16th in goals against average.
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.
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 two all-time in three career statistical categories at QU. He is second in career shutouts (14) and goals against average (1.18), and tied for second all-time in wins (21). His eight shutouts this year also has him in second for shutouts in a single-season.
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.
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.
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.
TopDrawerSoccer Goal of the Week
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team's second goal against Canisius College on Saturday, Oct. 19 was featured on TopDrawerSoccer.com as the Goal of the Week. Senior captain Simon Hinde and the Bobcats caught the committee's attention with a beautiful goal in the 12th minute of play.
Quinnipiac travels to Rider on Saturday, Nov. 9 for its regular season finale. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Ben Cohen Field in Lawrenceville, N.J. After that, the Bobcats begin its quest for the MAAC Championship on Friday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 17 in Fairfield.