The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team will play their final regular-season road game Sunday, Oct. 25 when they travel to West Long Branch, N.J. to take on Monmouth. The Bobcats and the Hawks are tied in second place in the conference, as they each have tallied a 5-1-1 NEC record. The two teams will kick off at 1 p.m. at The Great Lawn. In their last outing, Quinnipiac defeated Mount St. Mary's, 3-2, in double overtime on Oct. 23.
Scouting the Hawks
Monmouth has compiled a 10-4-1 overall record this season, with a 5-1-1 record in the NEC. The Hawks most recently lost to conference-leader Central Connecticut, 1-0, on Oct. 23. Senior forward Andrea Lopez and junior forward Mary Wilks lead Monmouth with 14 points each (5 goals, 4 assists). Junior goalkeeper Lia Fierro has played all 15 games between the posts for the Hawks, posting a .820 save percentage.
All-Time Against Monmouth
The Bobcats currently hold a 4-7-1 record against Monmouth in the past ten seasons. The teams last met last year on Oct. 10 at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The Hawks came away with the 2-1 victory in that match-up. Meagan McLoughlin (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored the lone goal for the Bobcats in that game on an assist from Chelsea Smith (Terryville, Conn.). Goalkeeper Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) made two saves in net for the Bobcats.
Forward Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal with one second remaining in double-overtime to lift the Bobcats past Mount St. Mary's, 3-2, on Oct. 23. McLoughlin dished a pass through the 18-yard box where Velaj picked it up and sent a hard shot into the upper right corner to beat the clock and the Mountaineers. The goal was Velaj's team-leading eighth of the year.
Three for Me
Senior Susan Donovan (Cork, Ireland) and junior McLoughlin recorded a season-high of three points each in the win against Mount St. Mary's on Oct. 23. Both forwards scored a goal and added an assist in the victory. Donovan scored the 1-1 equalizer in the 29th minute of play when she set up for a free kick 20-yards out and sent a low shot into the lower left corner for her first of the year. In the second half, Donovan set up for another free kick, sending the ball into the scorer's box where a wide open McLoughlin tipped it past the Mountaineers' goalkeeper for her first tally of 2009. The assist was Donovan's second of the season.
Can't Touch This
With the dramatic 3-2 overtime victory at The Mount, the Bobcats continue their October unbeaten streak. Quinnipiac has recorded a 5-0-1 overall record this month, outscoring their opponents 13-5. Freshman goalkeeper Biz Cook (Appleton, Wis.) has appeared in net for all six games in October, pulling down 27 saves and compiling a .844 save percentage.
The Bobcats are currently tied in second place in the NEC with 16 points (5 wins, 1 tie) in conference play. Also ranking in second is Monmouth, with an identical conference record. The two teams are three points behind league-leader Central Connecticut, as it holds a 6-0-1 record in NEC play with 19 points. Upcoming opponents Robert Morris and St. Francis (PA) are ranked just behind Quinnipiac, with the Red Flash holding on to fourth place with 15 points, and the Colonials in fifth with 13 points, respectively. The top four finishers, based on winning percentage during the Conference's regular season will compete in a two-day, single-elimination tournament on Nov. 6-8. The high seed will host the entire event.
As of October 18, Velaj and Cook were ranked amongst the top of the leader boards in the NEC. Velaj continues to rank first in points per game (1.91), goals per game (0.64), assists per game (0.64) and shots per game (5.45). Cook ranks first in save percentage (.870) and ranks second in shutouts per game (0.60) and goals against average (0.56).