Women's Soccer Defeats Wagner, 4-2

HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman midfielder Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) scored a goal and added two assists as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team defeated Wagner, 4-2, Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats' overall record improves to 5-5-2 with a 4-1-1 record in the Northeast Conference, while the Seahawks drop to 1-12-2 overall with a 0-6-1 conference record.

Strassner opened up the scoring for Quinnipiac in the 18th minute of play on a corner kick opportunity. Sophomore Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) set up for the corner and sent a high arc into the mass of players in front of the goal. Strassner jumped up to connect with a header into the upper right corner for her fourth goal of the season and the 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats earned the 2-0 lead in the 36th minute of play. Positioned inside the 18-yard box, Strassner collected a loose ball and tipped it off to fellow freshman Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) at her left. Edward tapped it just under the goalkeeper's hands into the bottom left corner for her second goal of the year.

Senior forward Amber Sidoti (Farmington, Conn.) opened up the second-half scoring for Quinnipiac with her first goal of the season in the 49th minute. Strassner crossed a pass from the left corner in front of the goalmouth to Sidoti who tipped it into the right side for the 3-0 Bobcat lead.

Wagner got on the board in the 60th minute of play with the first of two goals by junior Briana Vassallo. The forward collected long pass from the Seahawks' defensive end and carried it into the 18-yard box where she sent a low ball that slipped under the hands of Quinnipiac goalkeeper Biz Cook (Appleton, Wis.) for the score. Monica Zurich was credited with the assist.

Vassallo struck again in the 73rd minute of play to make it a one-goal game. Julie Vigliotti sent a lob pass from the midfield to Vassallo at the right wing. Vassallo took a high shot from the edge of the 18-yard box that soared into the upper left corner to make it 3-2.

Quinnipiac scored the insurance goal in the 74th minute of play, earning the 4-2 lead. Velaj took the initial shot from the right side that bounced off a Wagner defender back into the scorer's box. Senior forward Lindsay Oliveri (Waltham, Mass.) collected the loose ball and tapped it into the open left corner for the first goal of her career. The assist was Velaj's team-leading seventh of the year.

Cook recorded three saves in net for the Bobcats, while her counterpart Jen Emigholz made 11 saves in the loss.

The Bobcats return to action Friday, Oct. 23 when they travel to Emmittsburg, Md. to take on Mount St. Mary's. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.