Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-4-5, 6-1-2 MAAC)
Rider University Broncs (8-8-1, 3-5-1 MAAC)
Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 7 p.m.
Ben Cohen Field – Lawrenceville, N.J.
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All on the Line
Quinnipiac trails Monmouth by three points in the standings and with one game to play can still catch the Hawks for a share of the MAAC Regular Season Championship. The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (8-4-5, 6-1-2 MAAC) concludes the regular season on Saturday, November 9 with a showdown under the lights at Rider University (8-8-1, 3-5-1 MAAC). Kickoff from Ben Cohen Field is set for 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac's game against Rider will be streamed online courtesy of the Broncs Athletic Department for a small fee. In addition, the game can be tracked through live stats as well.
All-Time Against Rider
This will be the first meeting between the two programs.
Scouting the Broncs
Rider's bid for a tournament spot was cut short last week with a 3-2 loss at Siena College. The Broncs are 8-8-1 overall and 3-5-1 in league play, leaving them four points behind the fourth and final playoff spot. After a strong start against MAAC teams, Rider has gone just 2-3 over its last five games and has left them on the outside looking in. The Broncs are led by Christian Flath who has six goals and eight assists on the season. David Pastuna will likely be in goal for the Broncs, coming off his sixth win of the season against Canisius on Wednesday. He has a 1.45 goals against average and three shutouts.
Last Time out against Siena
The Bobcats erased a one-goal deficit by scoring in the second half, and then collected the game-winner in double overtime to defeat Siena College, 2-1, in Loudonville, N.Y. Machel Baker netted the game-winning marker while Ola Ogunjobi was responsible for tying the game up at one-apiece.
Regular Season Title Still in Reach
In search of what would be their second straight regular season title, the Bobcats need three points against Rider to give themselves a chance. Quinnipiac, now 8-4-5 overall and 6-1-2 in league play, stands just three points behind Monmouth with each having one game left on the schedule. A Bobcat win and a Monmouth loss would leave the two teams tied atop the table and a share of the regular season championship. A win on Saturday would also jump Quinnipiac over Iona (22) for the second seed in the upcoming tournament.
Eight is Great
Quinnipiac picked up its eighth win of the season at Siena (11/6) and moved into fifth place during the Division I era for most wins in a season. The Bobcats can eclipse last year's season total with three straight wins to finish the campaign.
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.
Getting Hot at the Right Time
The Bobcats are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, which included a four-game winning streak until their loss to Monmouth. Over the past two seasons, Quinnipiac is 14-2-4 in games played after Sept. 24, and 13-2-4 against conference opposition.
The Best in the MAAC
Quinnipiac leads the league in shutouts (9), goals against average (0.71) and goals allowed (13) this season. The Bobcats entered this week in a tie for fifth place in the nation in shutout percentage 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.
You Can't lose If They Don't Score
The Bobcats' defense has posted clean sheets in nine of its last 13 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).
Machel Baker's fourth goal of the season couldn't have come at a better time, as the junior forward lifted the Bobcats to a 2-1 victory over Siena (11/6) in double overtime. Baker had a goal and an assist against Providence (8/30); scored again against Boston College (9/2); then tallied an assist in the game against Lafayette (9/7); and then scored against Manhattan (10/23). Baker has six goals and four assists for his career.
Ogunjobi Into the Scoring Column
Ola Ogunjobi factored in Quinnipiac's 2-1 win at Siena (11/6), scoring the game-tying goal in the second half. He has seven goals and two assists for his career 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 two all-time in three career statistical categories at QU. He is second in career shutouts (14), goals against average (1.17) and all-time in wins (22). His eight shutouts this year also has him in second for shutouts in a single-season.
Pure Dead Brilliant
Scotland native Sam Nicol has two goals and three assists in his last six 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 assists against Fairfield (10/30) and Siena (11/6), Nicol has two career goals and six career assists.
The Bobcats begin its quest for the MAAC Championship next weekend in Fairfield. Quinnipiac will face Iona in the semifinals at Lessing Field on Friday, Nov. 15. The finals will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17.