Lights, Camera, Action!
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team travels to Stony Brook, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 10 to take on the Seawolves in a non-conference game at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. This will be the first match-up between Quinnipiac and Stony Brook since the 2000 season.
Scouting the Seawolves
The Seawolves have compiled a 0-3-1 record so far this season, most recently falling to North Carolina State, 4-0, on Sept. 6. Stony Brook is currently led by sophomore midfielder Gabriella Petralia and freshman forward Meghan Gilley. Both players have scored one goal for the Seawolves this season. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Viola has started all four games in net this season, already recording 32 saves with a .732 save percentage.
Picking Up Where She Left Off
Sophomore Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) wasted no time getting Quinnipiac on the board this season. In the Bobcats' first game of 2009 on Sept. 6 at Providence, the forward scored her first goal and the lone tally of the game for Quinnipiac. Just one minute into the second half, the Bobcats set up for a direct kick 22 yards out to the left side of the goal and Velaj's soaring shot landed in the upper right-hand corner to tie the game, 1-1.
Put Your Hands Up
Junior Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.) played all 90 minutes in the season opener at Providence and came up with some key saves under pressure. After falling behind, 1-0, just four minutes into the first half, the Friars offense kept firing, taking a total of 11 shots. Margulies held her ground in net during the frenzy, recording four saves.
The Bobcats saw several scoring opportunities in the game against Providence. Three different players took two shots on goal in the contest. Freshmen Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) and Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) along with Velaj each posted two scoring opportunities apiece in the match-up.
Moving On Up
Velaj has already left her mark on the Quinnipiac women's soccer record book after her 31-point performance in 2008. After scoring on Sunday, Velaj now ranks sixth all-time in career goals with 16, and tenth all-time in career points with 33.