Velaj Scores Game-Winning Goal To Lead Women's Soccer To 1-0 Win Against Sacred Heart

Photos of QU vs. Sacred Heart

HAMDEN, Mass. - Junior Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal as the Quinnipiac women's soccer team beat Sacred Heart, 1-0, in a Northeast Conference match at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 6-7-3 overall and 4-2-3 in conference play, while the Pioneers fall to 8-6-4 on the season and 4-3-3 in the NEC.

Velaj scored the game's only goal in the 83rd minute of play. Sophomore midfielder Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) dribbled down the right side of the field and crossed the ball into the box to find Velaj, who headed the ball into the lower-left corner of the net, for her sixth goal of the season.

"By the end of the game we kept our composure and didn't let the emotion of the game take over," said Head Coach Dave Clarke. "We did leave it late, but there was always that chance that just one moment of magic from anyone of our talented players would change the outcome and I think it was a reward for the better team."

Overall, the Bobcats outshot the Pioneers 13-6 in the win and were awarded six corner kicks throughout the game.

Quinnipiac goalkeeper Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) recorded two saves and compiled her fifth shutout of the season, while Sacred Heart goalie Meghan Reichelt made nine saves on the game.

The Bobcats host NEC opponent Fairleigh Dickinson University on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. for their last game of the 2010 regular season. The Quinnipiac University Athletic Department will honor the team's nine seniors before the start of Sunday's game at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.

With a win against FDU, the Bobcats can clinch a spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament.