Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University at Canisius College
Demske Sports Complex – Buffalo, N.Y.
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 – 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University at Siena College
Siena Field – Loudonville, N.Y.
The Quinnipiac University women’s soccer team opens the 2011 season when it plays a non-conference game against Canisius on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, N.Y. The Bobcats will also take on Siena on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. at Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y.
Live stats will be available for both games and can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
The 2010 MAAC Regular Season Champion, Canisius, enters Friday night’s game at 1-2-0 overall. The Griffs opened the 2011 season with an 8-1 loss at Wright State on Aug. 21, followed by a 3-2 loss at the Northeast Conference’s Saint Francis (Pa.) on Aug. 26. In its most recent outing, Canisius won its first game of the year against Bucknell, 1-0, on Aug. 28. Junior Brooke Bandazian scored the Griffs’ winning goal in the Bucknell victory. Currently, senior midfielder Kelly Reinwald leads the team with two goals and one assists on the year, while fellow senior Jenny Griffin has scored one goal this season. Senior goalkeeper Caroline Robert has started in each game for Canisius, making 22 saves across three games.
All-Time Against The Griffs
In its only match-up, the Bobcats defeated Canisius, 1-0, on Sept. 28, 2008. Quinnipiac’s Furtuna Velaj scored the game-winning goal, assisted by Kyla Miles.
The defending MAAC Champion, Siena, won its 2011 season opener, as it defeated St. Bonaventure, 1-0, on Aug. 26. Senior Ashleigh Barone scored the game-winning goal, for her 35th career-goal. Fellow senior goalkeeper Laura Ettinger kept the Saints alive against the Bonnies with nine saves for her 14th career shutout. Overall, the Saints are led by four senior captains and head coach Steve Karbowski, who is in his 13th season with Siena.
All-Time Against The Saints
Overall, the Bobcats hold an all-time record of 2-2 against the Saints, since 1999. In their most recent outing against Siena, Quinnipiac lost, 1-0, in its 2010 home opener.
NEC Preseason Coaches’
The Quinnipiac University women’s soccer team was picked to finish fifth out of 11 teams, in the 2011 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Bobcats finished last season 7-7-4 overall and at 5-2-3 in conference play, which secured a spot for the Quinnipiac in the 2010 NEC Tournament.
Northeast Conference 2011 Women's Soccer Preseason
1. Saint Francis (PA) (8)
2. Monmouth (2)
3. Long Island
4. Central Connecticut St. (1)
6. Sacred Heart
8. Robert Morris
10. Mount Saint Mary’s
11. Fairleigh Dickinson
First place votes in parentheses ( ).
The Bobcats return junior forward Furtuna Velaj, who was named All-Northeast Conference first team last year. Velaj led Quinnipiac in points (19), goals (7) and assists (5) as a sophomore.
Quinnipiac graduate student Kyla Miles looks to lead Quinnipiac from the back line after starting in every game last season for the Bobcats. Miles tallied two assists in 2010 and was named All-Tournament during the NEC postseason. Sophomore defender Beck Kiting will work alongside Miles, after receiving the team’s Young Player of the Year award as a freshman. Senior goalkeeper Jill Kelley also made an impact last year in the net posting 84 saves, 1.16 goals-against average and a 6-6-4 record.
Senior Furtuna Velaj was recently named a top potential draft pick by www.AllWhiteKit.com. The women’s soccer site also name Velaj as one of the top collegiate forwards in the country.
What’s Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats continue play on the road as they travel to intrastate opponents, Hartford and Yale, on Thursday, Sept. 8 and Tuesday, Sept. 13, respectively. Both games will be played under the lights at 7 p.m. Quinnipiac then hosts Lehigh on Sept. 16 and Holy Cross on Sept. 18, prior to playing its first Northeast Conference games of the year at Sacred Heart on Sept. 23 and Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 30.
The Bobcats kick off October with four-straight contests at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field, including games against Robert Morris on Oct. 8, Saint Francis (Pa.) on Oct. 9, Long Island on Oct. 14, and Wagner on Oct. 16. The team will then make trips to Monmouth on Oct. 21, Mount St. Mary’s on Oct. 23 and Central Connecticut State on Oct. 28, before hosing Bryant on Oct. 30 for the final game of the