New York, It's Friday Night!
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team will travel to Loudonville, N.Y., Friday afternoon to take on Siena College at Siena Field. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. The Bobcats most recently lost their home-opener against Lehigh, 2-0, on Sept. 13.
After losing their first two games of the season, the Saints have won four consecutive games since Sept. 6. In their last outing, Siena defeated Albany, 2-1, on Sept. 16. Freshman forward Caitlin Cahalan leads the Saints tallying four goals and two assists on the season thus far. Sophomore goalkeeper Laura Ettinger has started four games for Siena, compiling an .853 save percentage.
Against the Saints
The Bobcats are 2-0 against the Saints, collecting both wins at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field in Hamden. Quinnipiac blanked Siena, 2-0, in their first meeting on Sept. 11, 1999, and won, 5-2, in the second meeting on Sept. 23, 2007. In the 5-2 victory, Susan Donovan (Cork, Ireland) netted two goals and an assist, while Sara Lawlor also tallied two goals on the day. Lauren Peacock (Hopedale, Mass.) scored the fifth goal for the Bobcats and also dished out an assist.
Goalkeeper Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.) recorded 13 saves in the home opener against Lehigh on Sept. 13. The tally was a career high for Margulies. The junior broke her previous record of six saves at Stony Brook on Sept. 10. Margulies ranks second in the Northeast Conference in saves-per-game with a 7.67 average. She is tied for fourth in saves with 23.
Sophomore Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) currently leads the NEC in assists per game (0.67). The forward leads the team as she has dished out two assists in three games for the Bobcats this season. She is tied for third in the NEC in the assists category. Velaj leads the team in points as well (4), and ranks fifth in the NEC in points per game (1.33).
Sophomore Kristina Del Mistro's (East Williston, N.Y.) game-winning goal at Stony Brook last week ranks her first in the NEC. The forward is tied with several other players who have also scored a game winner, but she ranks first with just one other player in average-per-game with 0.33.
Keeper's Worst Enemy
Velaj has been Quinnipiac's leading offensive contributor so far this season. The sophomore forward leads the team and ranks fifth in the NEC in shots with 14. Her tally also ranks her second in the conference in shots-per-game with 4.67. In two of the Bobcats three games this season, Velaj has led all players in shots.