Women's Soccer Travels To Hartford On Thursday, Sept. 8 At 7 PM

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Bobcats Look For First Win Of The Season
The Quinnipiac women’s soccer team will travel to take on the University of Hartford in a non-conference game on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats enter the match-up at 0-1-1 on the year, while Hartford remains unbeaten at 3-0-1 overall.

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Scouting Hartford
After playing Old Dominion to a 1-1 draw, Hartford has won three straight games, including a 1-0 win over Holy Cross and 2-0 victory against Fairleigh Dickinson. In their most recent outing, the Hawks defeated Temple, 5-1, in the team’s first home contest of 2011. Five different players scored for the Hawks, including junior Amelia Pereira, who leads the team with eight points. Junior Caitlin Alves has scored a team-leading three goals, while classmate Shealagh Begley has tallied two assists on the year. Hartford goalkeeper Erin Quinlan posts a 3-0-1 record and two shutouts. The sophomore goalie has only allowed one goal this season.

All-Time Against The Hawks
Thursday’s contest marks the first meeting between Quinnipiac and Hartford.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats lost, 1-0, at Siena on Sunday, Sept. 4. Overall, Quinnipiac tallied 12 shots in the game, while Siena took 16 shots. Senior goalie Jill Kelley recorded her first loss of 2011, despite posting seven saves, compared to the Saints’ goaltender’s five stops.

Season Opener
Quinnipiac tied Canisius, 2-2, after 110 minutes of play, in its season opener on Friday, Sept. 2. Senior Furtuna Velaj led the Bobcats as she scored each of their two goals. Junior Shauna Edwards helped create both opportunities and was awarded an assist on Velaj’s first goal of the game. In addition, Jill Kelley kept the Bobcats alive with six stops in net.

Favorite Freshmen
Jess Lavoie was the only freshman to start in both of the Bobcats’ games over the weekend. The rookie midfielder also played a combined 185 minutes, the most of any freshman, in her first two appearances with Quinnipiac.

Kelley’s a Keeper
Senior goalie Jill Kelley played every minute of Quinnipiac’s first two games of the year. Kelley made a total of 13 saves in 200 minutes of play.

Posting Points
Shauna Edwards picked up her 10th career point in Friday’s game at Canisius. The junior tallied her first assist of the year, and fourth of her career, in the 2-2 draw.

NEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
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 Coaches’ Poll  
1.    Saint Francis (PA) (8)   
2.    Monmouth (2)
3.    Long Island
4.    Central Connecticut St. (1)
5.    Quinnipiac
6.    Sacred Heart
7.    Bryant
8.    Robert Morris
9.    Wagner
10.   Mount Saint Mary’s
11.   Fairleigh Dickinson
First place votes in parentheses ( ).

All-Conference Action
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.

Likely Leaders
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, posting 84 saves, 1.16 goals-against average and a 6-6-4 record.

Good Fortune
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 another intrastate opponent, Yale, on Tuesday, Sept. 13 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.

Quinnipiac kicks 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 regular season.