HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac men's soccer head coach Eric Da Costa has announced his team captains for the 2014 season. 2013 All-MAAC First Team Goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) and All-MAAC First Team Defenseman Tobi Esche (Bremen, Germany) have been selected to lead the Bobcats in their upcoming campaign. Both served as integral components of the team's defense a year ago.
"These two are perfect choices for us as we transition our leadership," said Da Costa, who claimed his second consecutive regular season title last year. "Both Borja and Tobias displayed strong leadership attributes throughout the course of the 2013 season and have worked to build the trust and respect of everyone associated with our program. Brandon and Simon's contributions were immense but I have no doubt Borja and Tobias will continue the traditions within the program and keep our team both grounded and focused."
Angoitia, who is making a formidable case to go down as Quinnipiac's best goalkeeper of all-time, shined in his third year of competition with the program. Angoitia posted a record of 7-4-7 and was 17th in the country with a .698 goals against average. He set a new program record with 10 shutouts and finished second in QU single-season history with his GAA and tied for sixth with a .843 save percentage.
Esche, who took part in his first season with the Quinnipiac soccer program last year, had an immediate impact in his inaugural campaign. Despite serving as the team's center back all season long, Esche also chipped in with a goal and two assists this past season. He scored the game-winner against Marist in a 1-0 win, while assisting on both goals in a 2-0 victory over Fairfield University.
It was Da Costa's defensive unit that paved the path to success last year, and will likely do the same next year. Quinnipiac posted the nation's 13th best defense during the 2013 season, while leading the league in shutouts (11) and goals against average (0.69), and was second in goals allowed (16). In addition to Angoitia and Esche, Quinnipiac returns Erik Panzer (Nelson, New Zealand), Stevenson Hawkey (Pennington, N.J.) and Ashton Pett (Auckland, New Zealand) to its backline in 2014.
In just its first year in the new league, Quinnipiac captured the 2013 MAAC Championship and earned it's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats defeated Iona in the MAAC Semifinals and then ousted the 2013 preseason favorite, Monmouth, in the championship match. Quinnipiac drew nationally-ranked No. 10, at the time, UConn in the first round and nearly pulled off the upset. The Huskies prevailed on a late goal and earned the 2-1 victory.
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