HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team shut out Sacred Heart, 3-0, Sunday afternoon. Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) and Megan McLoughlin (Rocky Hill, Conn.) each scored goals for the second straight game and Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) earned her fourth shutout of the season as the Bobcats improved their record to 3-3-2 in Northeast Conference play and 7-5-2 overall. The loss drops the Pioneers to 1-14-1 and 0-6-1 in the NEC.
Velaj opened the scoring in the 13th minute as she was able to slip behind the Sacred Heart defense and pick up a loose ball. McLoughlin put a pass between the defenders to a streaking Velaj in the middle of the field. The freshman forward kicked the ball over the Pioneer goalkeeper Meghan Reichelt as she came out to challenge the play. Amber Sidoti (Farmington, Conn.) also recorded her first assist of the season on the goal.
McLoughlin scored her third goal in two games just over a minute later to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. The sophomore forward followed her own shot and collected the rebound outside the six-yard box and blasted a shot into the top right corner of the net for her fourth of the season.
Chelsea Smith (Terryville, Conn.) gave the Bobcats a 3-0 lead as she scored with seven seconds remaining in the first half. Danielle Nugent (Framingham, Mass.) put a free kick into the box from just outside the left-hand side of the 18-yard box. Smith headed the ball into the lower right corner of the net for her second of the season. The assist was Nugent's second of the year.
Kelley made five saves in earning her fourth shutout of the season. Sacred Heart's Reichelt stopped seven Quinnipiac shots in the loss.
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 29, as they host Bryant. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.