September 11, 2009

Women's Soccer Defeats Stony Brook, 2-1, In Double OT

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Sophomore Kristina Del Mistro (East Williston, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal in double overtime as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team defeated Stony Brook, 2-1, Thursday evening. Freshman midfielder Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) also scored for the Bobcats, good for her first collegiate goal, while Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) contributed the two assists. Quinnipiac's record improves to 1-1, while the Seawolves drop to 0-4-1 this season.

"This was an important win for us," said Head Coach Dave Clarke. "Despite the late score by Stony Brook, we kept our heads up and continued to create chances which earned us the win. Overall, the win really brought our team together, which will help for our games in the future."

The Bobcats held the edge over Stony Brook in the scoreless first half, tallying six shots while the Seawolves took four. Sophomore Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) led the way with four shots for Quinnipiac, while freshmen Kemesha Woodfine (Stamford, Conn.) and Strassner each contributed one shot on goal. Junior goalkeeper Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.) did not face any shots on goal in the first, but her counterpart Marisa Viola recorded three saves.

The Bobcats broke the scoreless tie four minutes into the second half. Velaj located Strassner just inside the 18-yard box and she dribbled the ball around a defender and took a hard shot that lifted into the upper right corner out of Viola's reach. The assist was Velaj's first of the season.

Four minutes from the final whistle, Stony Brook tied the game at 1-1. Freshman Sa'sha Kershaw evened the score with an unassisted tally of her own for her first goal of the season.

Del Mistro's goal in the 108th minute earned the Bobcats' their first win of the year. Velaj dished out her second assist of the game when she passed to Del Mistro on the left side, 15-yards away from the goal. Del Mistro sent a high volley that soared into the right corner of the net for her first goal of the season and the double-overtime win for Quinnipiac.

Margulies and Viola each made six saves in net during the game. Margulies recorded five of those saves in the second half, when the Seawolves showered the Bobcats' defensive end with ten shots. Her sixth save came in the second overtime, keeping Quinnipiac alive to earn the win.

The Bobcats return to action Sunday, Sept. 13 in their season opener against Lehigh. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.