The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team will host Robert Morris Friday afternoon in their final weekend of regular-season play. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The Bobcats need two points on the weekend (one win or two ties) to clinch a berth into the Northeast Conference Tournament that starts next weekend. Quinnipiac currently ranks third in the conference with 16 points, and most recently fell, 4-1, to the number-two seed, Monmouth, on Oct. 25.
Scouting the Colonials
Robert Morris has compiled an 8-7-1 overall record this season, with a 4-3-1 conference record, good for fifth place. The Colonials most recently fell to Bryant University, 1-0, on Oct. 25. Sophomore forward Ayana Davis leads the team offensively with 18 points (9 goals), while freshman goaltender Jessica Olin has appeared in all 15 games this season posting a .825 save percentage.
All-Time Against Robert Morris
The Bobcats hold an 8-2 advantage over the Colonials since the teams' first meeting in 1999. The last match-up was on Oct. 3, 2008 in Moon Township, Pa. The Bobcats came away with a 4-3 victory in double overtime in that game, with sophomore forward Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) scoring three goals after the 80th minute of play, including the golden goal in double overtime to earn the Bobcats' victory. Senior forward Amber Sidoti (Farmington, Conn.) also added a goal for Quinnipiac, while goalkeeper Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) made six saves in the win.
The final home game against St. Francis (PA) on Sunday, Nov. 1, originally scheduled for 12 p.m., has been changed to 1 p.m. due to Northeast Conference regulation. The Bobcats will conduct a Senior Day ceremony, honoring the team's seven graduating seniors, before the 1 p.m. kickoff at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.
Junior Meagan McLoughlin (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored her second goal of the season against Monmouth on Oct. 25. The forward got the first touch off a Velaj corner kick in the 83rd minute of play for the lone Bobcat goal. It was the second goal of the weekend for McLoughlin, as she also scored in the 3-2 victory against Mount St. Mary's on Oct. 23. The junior has tallied five points (2 goals, 1 assist) so far this season.
Sophomore Velaj dished out her eighth assist of the year in the game against Monmouth on Oct. 25. The forward leads the team in points (24), as she has scored eight goals this season as well. The tally ranks Velaj eighth in the nation in assists per game with a 0.62 mark. She also ranks 20th in points per game with 1.85. Velaj has also moved back up the NEC leader boards, ranking first in points per game (1.85), goals per game (0.62), and shots per game (5.23).
After their remarkable six-game unbeaten streak through October, the Bobcats earned a prime position in the Northeast Conference standings. Currently, Quinnipiac ranks third in the conference with 16 points. The two teams ahead of the Bobcats, Central Connecticut and Monmouth, have already secured a berth into the tournament. Quinnipiac needs to record one win or two ties this weekend against Robert Morris and St. Francis (PA) to clinch a berth into the NEC Tournament. The top four finishers, based on winning percentage during the Conference's regular season will compete in a two-day, single-elimination tournament. The high seed will host the entire event.