Women's Soccer Ties Canisius, 2-2, In Season Opener

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senior forward Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) scored her first two goals of the year as the Quinnipiac women’s soccer team tied Canisius, 2-2, in its season opener on Friday evening. The Bobcats become 0-0-1 with the draw, while the Griffs move to 1-2-1 on the year.

“The team played very well, considering it was the first game of the season,” said head coach Dave Clarke. “Furtuna’s goals were both very good and freshmen Jess Lavoie (Berlin, Conn.) and Kat Young (Fairfield, Conn.) were both tremendous in their first appearance.”

Canisius’ Mallory Illsley scored the first goal of the game in the 14th minute of play off a corner kick from Kelly Reinwald. Quinnipiac came back five minutes into the second half as Velaj scored unassisted with 50:12 on the clock. The Bobcats then took a 2-1 lead as Velaj scored her second goal of the year, less than two minutes after scoring the team’s first goal of the match-up.

In the 61st minute, the Griffs’ Reinwald tied the game at two goals apiece on a pass from Megan Mahoney. Despite a total of 34 shots taken in the game, neither team could score in two overtime periods, resulting in the 2-2 draw.

Quinnipiac senior goalkeeper Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) made six saves in the contest, matching Canisius’ Caroline Robert’s six stops in net.

The Bobcats return to action when they play a non-conference game at Siena on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. at Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y.