NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women’s soccer team fell, 4-2, to Northeast Conference opponent Central Connecticut State on Friday night. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 4-10-1 overall and 3-6 in NEC play, while the Blue Devils improve to 5-7-5 on the year and 2-5-3 in league action.
“Tonight’s game was the good, the bad, the ugly and downright incredible,” said head coach Dave Clarke. “We played well, we played excellent, but we also played poorly at times. Everything we’ve done in the games all year came into play.”
After Central Connecticut State’s Julie Lavoie scored the game’s first goal in the 28th minute of play, Quinnipiac senior Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) notched her sixth goal of the season on a free kick less than two minutes later.
With the score tied, 1-1, at the start of the second half, both teams battled to take back the lead. The Blue Devils increased their advantage, 2-1, when Jillian Cipriano added a point on an assist by Nikki Kureczka in the 52nd minute. With thirty minutes remaining in the game, Central Connecticut widened the gap on a goal by Brittany Jackson. Allison Kelley assisted Jackson for her fourth goal of the season to give the Blue Devils a 3-2 lead.
Quinnipiac junior Crystal Burns (Overland Park, Kan.) collected her second goal of the year and narrowed the gap, 3-2, in the 72nd minute. Junior Paula Kennedy (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) picked up her first assist of the 2011 season on the play.
Despite the Bobcats’ efforts to come back, the Blue Devils expanded their lead, 4-2, on a Christina Boucher goal in the 75th minute. Lavoie was recognized with the assist to Boucher.
Despite the loss, Quinnipiac tallied a season-high 20 shots, compared to Central Connecticut State’s 10 shots in the match-up. The Bobcats also had 11 corner kicks, while the Blue Devils took two corners.
Senior goalie Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) took the loss as she posted five saves in net for the Bobcats, while Blue Devils keeper Nikola Deiter made six stops in net for the NEC victory.
Quinnipiac plays its final NEC game of the 2011 regular season on Sunday, Oct. 30 when it hosts Bryant at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats will honor their graduating seniors prior to kickoff.
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