October 10, 2010

Quinnipiac Women's Soccer Head Coach Dave Clarke Wins 100th Career Game in 2-1 Defeat of Mount St. Mary's

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac Women's Soccer Head Coach Dave Clarke won his 100th career game as the Bobcats defeated Mount St. Mary's, 2-1, at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats improve to 4-5-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the Northeast Conference while Mount St. Mary's goes to 3-8-2 overall and 0-4-1 in conference play.

"Our set play delivery was very good," said Head Coach Dave Clarke. "The two goals were excellent in terms of one was a team goal, Furtuna to Kristina to Jill, and then the second (goal), just that individual talent out of Kristina Del Mistro was what we needed from her."

The first goal of the game was scored in the 42nd minute of play by sophomore Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) for her third goal of the season. Strassner headed the ball into the back of the net after receiving a pass from junior Kristina Del Mistro (East Williston, N.Y).

"The fact that we scored right before half time was important," said Clarke.

The Bobcats scored their second goal of the game in the 57th minute of play. The goal was scored by Del Mistro for her first of the season. Junior Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) slid a ball through Mount St. Mary's defense to find Del Mistro for the shot. Del Mistro blasted a shot into the upper-right corner of the goal.

Down 2-0 with eight minutes left in regulation time, Sarah Malpezzi scored Mount St. Mary's only goal of the game, after a series of deflections and chaos around the Quinnipiac net.

Overall, the Bobcats had several scoring opportunities throughout the game. Quinnipiac outshot Mount St. Mary's, 16-13 and took 11 corner kicks.

Quinnipiac goalie Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) made a total of four saves, while Alicia Miller made three saves in the game.

The Bobcats travel for two consecutive away games next weekend. On Friday, Oct. 15 the Bobcats face Saint Francis (Pa.) at the DeGol Field in Loretto, Pa. at 4:00 p.m. Quinnipiac then plays Robert Morris on Sunday, Oct. 17 at the North Athletic Complex in Moon Township, Pa. at 1:00 p.m.