The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team will travel to New Haven, Conn. Tuesday evening to take on Yale University in their final non-conference match-up of the 2009 season. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. The Bobcats most recently tied the University of Rhode Island, 2-2, on Sept. 20.
Yale has recorded a 3-3 record this season coming into their final non-conference contest against the Bobcats. In their last outing, the Bulldogs lost to the University of Connecticut, 1-0. Junior forward Becky Brown leads Yale as she has scored seven goals and added on assist so far this season. Junior goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu has started five games in net for the Bulldogs, compiling a .882 save percentage.
Quinnipiac is 0-7 all-time against Yale, having played all seven games at Reese Stadium in New Haven, Conn. The two teams first met on Sept. 2, 2000, where the Bobcats lost 5-1. Their most recent meeting was on Oct. 3, 2007 where it was a close 2-1 loss for Quinnipiac. In that match-up, Meagan McLoughlin (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored the lone goal of the game, assisted by Sara Lawlor. Goalkeeper Chloe Beizer made six saves in net for the Bobcats.
Sophomore Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) was named the adidas/Northeast Conference Player of the Week after her performance at Siena and Rhode Island this past weekend. The forward put up seven points in the two games, recording two goals and one assist. It was the first weekly award won by the women's soccer team in the 2009 season.
Against URI on Sept. 20, Velaj scored both of Quinnipiac's goals in the 2-2 tie. Her first came in the 50th minute of play to even the game at 1-1. Velaj collected her own rebound off the Rams' goalkeeper and flicked it into the right side of the net for her third goal of the year. She struck again in the 78th minute on a breakaway from center field, stopping ten yards out to lob a high shot over the keeper.
Freshman Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) recorded her first collegiate assist in the game against URI on Sept. 20. The midfielder located Velaj at center field and dished a quick pass up for the breakaway on net. Edwards earned her first collegiate point in the game against Siena on Sept. 18, as she scored the third Bobcat goal in the game. She ranks third on the team in points with three.
Just five games into the 2009 season, Velaj is already climbing to the top of the Northeast Conference leader boards. The sophomore forward ranks first in the NEC in points (11), goals (4), and ranks third in assists (3). She also ranks first in shots per game with 6.4. Velaj has led all players in shots in four of the five games the Bobcats have played this season.
Quinnipiac has gone into overtime in three of the five games so far this season, with a record of 1-1-1. The Bobcats hold a 5-3 edge in shots over their opponents in overtime.