Home Field Advantage
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team hosts Lehigh University in their home-opener this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The game against the Mountain Hawks is the only home game of September, as the Bobcats don't host again until Oct. 4. Sunday is also Connecticut Football Club and Hamden Soccer Club Day, as players from each team will be in attendance. Quinnipiac currently holds a 1-1 record on the season.
Welcome CFC and Hamden Soccer Club!
Sunday's home game welcomes members of the Connecticut Football Club and the Hamden Soccer Club to enjoy the game, the Quinnipiac campus and meet the players. Several current players on the Quinnipiac roster played in the CFC including: Seniors Justine Lombardi (Enfield, Conn.) and Kara Barrepski (Ellington, Conn.), Juniors Meagan McLoughlin (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Kyla Miles (Newtown, Conn.), Sophomores Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.), Jillian Kelley (Seymour, Conn.) and Chelsea Smith (Terryville, Conn.) and Freshmen Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) and Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.). Head Coach Dave Clarke and Assistant Coach Stephen Coxon coach in the CFC.
Scouting the Mountain Hawks
Lehigh has earned a 2-1-1 record since their season opened on Aug. 28. Most recently, the Mountain Hawks defeated Albany, 1-0, on Sept. 6. Senior forwards Natalie Hojnacki and Liz Carlos lead Lehigh offensively as they both have tallied one goal and one assist this season. Hojnacki leads the team in shots on goal with 11. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Mains has started all four games in net for the Mountain Hawks, compiling a .926 save percentage.
Just In Time
Sophomore Kristina Del Mistro's (East Williston, N.Y.) first goal of the 2009 season came at the perfect time for the Bobcats in their game against Stony Brook on Sep. 10. Tied 1-1 in double overtime Del Mistro collected a pass from Velaj on the left side of the field, 15-yards from the goal, and sent a high volley that soared into the right corner of the net to earn Quinnipiac the 2-1 victory. The goal was the second of her career.
I Love College
Freshman Strassner earned the first goal of her collegiate career in the Bobcats' 2-1 win against Stony Brook on Sep. 10. The midfielder broke the scoreless tie four minutes into the second half. After receiving a pass from Velaj just inside the 18-yard box, Strassner dribbled around a defender and took a hard shot that lifted out of the goalkeeper's reach for the 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Velaj dished out assists on both Bobcat goals on Sep. 10 at Stony Brook. The forward found both Strassner and Del Mistro, helping Quinnipiac to their first win of the 2009 season. The assists were Velaj's second and third of her career, helping her improve to eighth all-time in career points (35) in the Quinnipiac Women's Soccer Records.
Goalkeeper Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.) was another key cog in the Bobcats' 2-1 victory at Stony Brook. The junior came up with six saves in the game. Five of those saves were recorded in the second half, when the Seawolves showered the Bobcats' defensive end with ten shots. Margulies' sixth save came in the second overtime, keeping Quinnipiac alive to earn the win.