Rhode Island has compiled a 2-4 record so far this season, most recently defeating Vermont, 2-1, on Sept. 17. The Rams are led by junior midfielder Kaylen Shimoda and senior defender Kristie Moltz, each have scored a goal and tallied an assist this season. Junior goalkeeper Jackie Fede has played in all six games for Rhode Island and has compiled a .629 save percentage.
The Bobcats hold a 0-2 all-time record against the Rams, but the two teams have not faced off since Sept. 5, 2000. In that match-up at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field, Rhode Island came away with a 5-4 victory over Quinnipiac. In the previous season, the teams met on Sept. 1, 1999 at URI where the Bobcats lost 1-0.
Sophomore Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) was a key offensive contributor in the game against Siena on Sept. 18. The forward broke the ice for Quinnipiac in the 61st minute of play when she picked up a rebound in front of the Saints' net and snapped a low shot into the right corner to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was Velaj's second of the season. Eight minutes later, Velaj added an assist when her free kick from outside the 18-yard box was tipped in by Kristina Del Mistro (East Williston, N.Y.) for the 2-1 Bobcat lead. Velaj has tallied all three Quinnipiac assists this season, and she leads the team in points with 7 (2-3-7). Velaj is also the leader in the Northeast Conference in points-per-game with 1.75.
Sophomore Del Mistro is tied with fellow forward Velaj in leading the team in goals (2). Just one week after scoring in double overtime at Stony Brook, Del Mistro added her second goal in the 69th minute of play at Siena. The 5'2 New York native gained control of a loose ball inside the scorer's box and tipped it past the Saints' keeper for the 2-1 Bobcat lead. Del Mistro ranks second on the team in points with 4.
Freshman Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) scored her first collegiate goal in the match-up against the Saints. Just thirty seconds after Siena tied the game at 2-2, Edwards struck from outside the 18-yard box to regain the Bobcat lead. The midfielder collected a ball off a Saints' defender and ripped it into the right side of the net for the 3-2 advantage. Edwards is the second freshman to score for Quinnipiac this season, as fellow midfielder Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) scored in the 2-1 victory at Stony Brook last week.
Despite the 4-3 overtime loss at Siena, Quinnipiac dominated on the offensive side of the field. The Bobcats held the edge in shots, 22-15, and in corners, 8-0. For the third time this season, Velaj led all players in shots as she had nine in the game against the Saints. She leads the NEC in shots-per-game with 5.75.
Goalkeeper Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.) continues to rack up the saves in net for the Bobcats. The junior brought down seven saves in the game against Siena, taking her season save total to 30. Margulies ranks second in the NEC in saves-per-game with 7.5.