November 1, 2009

Women's Soccer Defeats Saint Francis (PA), 1-0, On Senior Day

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior Lindsay Oliveri (Waltham, Mass.) scored the second goal of her career and the lone goal of the game as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team defeated Saint Francis (PA), 1-0, Sunday afternoon in the Bobcats final regular season game. The win improves Quinnipiac's overall record to 8-6-2 with a 7-2-1 position in the Northeast Conference. The loss drops the Red Flash to 8-8-2 on the year, with an even 5-5 record in the conference. The loss eliminates Saint Francis from the NEC Tournament that starts on Nov. 6 at Central Connecticut.

"It's been about nine years since we've been able to come in and enjoy senior day with a secure position in the postseason tournament," said head coach Dave Clarke. "We still didn't' lose sight of the game, and we wanted to maintain the integrity of the league in terms of the ramifications that held for the playoffs. We were glad to keep our momentum going and to earn the win."

After 38 minutes of scoreless play, Oliveri's second goal of the year put the Bobcats up 1-0. Sophomore Kristina Del Mistro (East Williston, N.Y.) crossed the ball from the right corner of the 18-yard box to Oliveri in front of the net. The senior tipped the ball over the head of the Red Flash goalkeeper, Jessica Boyer, and into the left corner of the net for the second goal of her career. The assist was Del Mistro's second of the season.

"It really felt great to put one in the back of the net in my last game here at Quinnipiac," said Oliveri. "We're going to have to put in a lot of work this week to prepare for the postseason game and focus on what we've been doing all season long. We'll have to work hard and just continue to motivate each other to keep our momentum going for the upcoming game against Monmouth."

The Bobcats dominated ball possession throughout the game, and controlled the offense with a 29-18 edge in shots over the Red Flash. Quinnipiac goaltenders Biz Cook (Appleton, Wis.) and Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.) combined for the shutout between the posts. Cook earned the win, pulling down seven saves in 62 minutes played, while Margulies recorded three saves in her 27 minutes in net. Saint Francis goalkeeper, Boyer, made 11 saves in the loss.

The Bobcats return to action Friday, Nov. 6, when they kick off against the number two seed, Monmouth University, on the first day in the Northeast Conference Tournament. Top-seeded Central Connecticut and fourth place Long Island will play as well on Friday. The tournament will be hosted by Central Connecticut in New Britain, Conn. The game time has not yet been announced.