September 26, 2009

Women's Soccer Opens League Play At CCSU, Sunday, Sept. 27

Intrastate Conference Competition
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team will play its first Northeast Conference match-up of the season at Central Connecticut State University Sunday afternoon. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at CCSU Soccer Field. The Bobcats most recently fell to Yale, 1-0, on Sept. 22.

Scouting the Blue Devils
The Blue Devils have compiled a 2-5-1 record this season, earning their last win on Sept. 4 at Buffalo. In their last outing, the team fell at Columbia, 3-2, on Sept. 22. The Blue Devils are led by senior midfielder Leah Blayney, who has tallied four goals and four assists this season. Blayney ranks first in the NEC in points (12), just one point ahead of Quinnipiac forward Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.). Senior goalkeeper Caity Casey has appeared in all eight games in goal for CCSU, recording a .612 save percentage.

All-Time Against CCSU
The Bobcats are 4-7 all-time against the Blue Devils, holding a 2-3 records in both home and away matches. The two teams most recently met last season on Nov. 2, where Quinnipiac fell, 1-0. In that game, goalkeeper Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) brought down six saves and Velaj took four shots on goal.

Conference Call
Quinnipiac will open Northeast Conference play in its game at CCSU tomorrow. The contest is the first of nine NEC games coming up for the Bobcats. Their next conference game is Oct. 4 when they host Bryant at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.

Strange September
The Bobcats played six of their seven September games on the road this season, playing their lone home game of the month on Sept. 13 against Lehigh. The team looks forward to four home games in October and one in November, which will serve as Senior Day.

All Hands On Deck
Goalkeeper Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.) pulled down five saves in the Bobcats last outing at Yale on Sept. 22. The junior continues to rank second in the NEC in saves per game with 6.17, making 37 saves this season in net.

Head to Head
The top two offensive leaders in the NEC will face off in the game tomorrow at Central Connecticut Field. CCSU's Blayney, and Quinnipiac's Velaj rank in the top two spots in all the conferences' offensive categories. Blayney holds the top spot in points, while Velaj holds the edge in points per game and goals.

Friendly Faces
A few of the Bobcats will be seeing some familiar faces out on the pitch in tomorrow's game. Senior Amber Sidoti (Farmington, Conn.) and freshmen Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) and Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) will all face former teammates from their high school squads at CCSU.