The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team will face off against Sacred Heart Sunday afternoon in Fairfield, Conn. The Bobcats and the Pioneers are scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. in Northeast Conference action. In their last outing, Quinnipiac defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 2-1, on Oct. 9.
Scouting the Pioneers
The Pioneers have recorded a 6-6 overall record this season, with a 2-2 record in the NEC. In their most recent game, Sacred Heart lost to Central Connecticut, 4-2, on Oct. 9. Sophomore forward, Samantha Kee, leads the Pioneers offensively as she has tallied three goals and four assists this season. Junior goalkeeper Meghan Reichelt has started 11 games in net for Sacred Heart this year, recording a .830 save percentage.
All-Time Against the Pioneers
The Bobcats hold a 3-5-3 record with the Pioneers over the past ten seasons, most recently earning a 3-0 victory last season on Oct. 26 at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.), Meagan McLoughlin (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Chelsea Smith (Terryville, Conn.) each scored for Quinnipiac while goaltender Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) recorded her fourth shutout of the year. Amber Sidoti (Farmington, Conn.) and Danielle Nugent each recorded assists on the day.
Follow the Leader
Sophomore Velaj recorded her sixth goal of the season in the game against Fairleigh Dickinson on Oct. 9. The forward tallied the game-winning goal in the 49th minute of play when she sprinted with the ball up the sideline stopping just outside the 18-yard box to send a high shot into the opposite corner of the net for the 2-1 Bobcat lead. Velaj leads the Bobcats in all offensive categories with 15 points, six goals, and three assists.
Corner the Market
Freshman Kemesha Woodfine (Stamford, Conn.) notched her second goal of the year when she opened up the scoring for Quinnipiac at Fairleigh Dickinson. Woodfine tied the game in the 24th minute of play on a corner kick opportunity set up by Susan Donovan (Cork, Ireland), who sent the ball into a scramble in front of the net. McLoughlin earned the first touch which moved to Amanda Bilas (Marshfield, Mass.) who headed it to Woodfine at the post. Woodfine sprawled into a bicycle kick and sent the ball into the back of the net for the score. Woodfine ties for third on the team in points with four.
Two upperclassmen dished out their first assist of the season in the game against Fairleigh Dickinson on Oct. 9. Junior defender Bilas was credited with the assist on the goal by Woodfine in the first half of play, while senior defender Olivia Kravitz (Canton, Conn.) dished the pass to Velaj for the game-winner in the second.
Taking Care of Biz-ness
Goalkeeper Elizabeth "Biz" Cook (Appleton, Wis.) earned her second win of the season on Oct. 9, in as many appearances in net for the Bobcats. The freshman made one save in goal against Fairleigh Dickinson, compiling a .875 save percentage so far on the year.
Velaj continues her reign atop the NEC offensive categories after her one-goal performance at Fairleigh Dickinson. The forward ranks first in points per game (1.88), goals per game (0.75), and shots per game (5.5), along with ranking third in points (15), goals (6), shots (44), and assists per game (0.38).