September 20, 2009

Women's Soccer Ties Rhode Island, 2-2

KINGSTON, R.I. - Sophomore Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) scored both goals for the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team as they tied the University of Rhode Island, 2-2, Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats' record now stands at 1-3-1, while the Rams hold at 2-4-1.

"We played very well today," said Head Coach Dave Clarke. "We took a good team into overtime after going down twice in the game. I was pleased with the opportunities we created in throughout regulation and in overtime."

Rhode Island opened the scoring in the 13th minute of play. Courtney David crossed a pass into the 18-yard box where Kristie Moltz lifted a high ball into the net for her second goal of the season.

Velaj answered in the second half to tie the score at 1-1. After her initial shot on goal was deflected back in the box by Rhode Island goalkeeper Tara Murphy, Velaj picked up the rebound and flicked it into the right side for her third goal of the season. The goal was unassisted.

Three minutes later, Kaylen Shimoda found the back of the net for the Rams to regain the lead. David dished out her second assist of the game as she crossed to Shimoda at the left side of the net. Shimoda fired a shot inside the right post for the 2-1 advantage.

Velaj struck again in the 78th minute of play, to pull the game even at 2-2. Freshman midfielder Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) found Velaj at the center of the field where the she broke away in an attack on net. Velaj stopped 10-yards out and lobbed a high shot over the head of Murphy for her second goal of the game. The assist was Edwards' first of her career.

The Bobcats saw a few key opportunities to score in overtime, but couldn't connect with the back of the net for the win. Velaj took a shot in the 95th minute that ripped off the post and out of play, while Edwards had a one-on-one opportunity against Murphy in the 91st minute, but the keeper came up with the save.

Quinnipiac goalkeeper Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.) recorded two saves in net, while her counterpart Murphy stopped six shots by the Bobcats. Quinnipiac held a 15-13 edge in shots over the Rams with Velaj leading all players with nine shots.

The Bobcats return to action Tuesday, Sept. 22 when they travel to Yale for a non-conference match-up. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.