September 21, 2012

Woodfine's Tally Sends Women's Soccer Past Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-0, In NEC Opener

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior forward Kemesha Woodfine (Stamford, Conn.) scored her third goal of the season on Friday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-0, at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 9-3-1 all-time against the Knights, but more importantly open Northeast Conference competition with a victory and three points.

Although Quinnipiac (5-2-1, 1-0 NEC) controlled much of the possession in the first half, the opening stanza featured a stagnant start from both teams. The Bobcats generated the game's first chance in the 11th minute, when senior Crystal Burns (Overland Park, Kan.) nearly collected her first goal of the season. Burns lofted a ball towards net that struck the crossbar and deflected into the middle of the penalty area. Senior Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) charged in for the rebound, but unfortunately sent her one-time blast wide of the left post.

The Bobcats next chance came just minutes later, when sophomore Jess Lavoie (Berlin, Conn.) and Woodfine nearly took advantage of a Knights' miscue. Lavoie intercepted an errant pass, raced in behind the FDU backline and whipped in a cross to the penalty box. Woodfine sprinted to the back post in search of the go-ahead goal, but couldn't quite reach Lavoie's pass, leaving a goal kick for the Knights. Neither team garnered much of an attack from that point forward, as the two teams took a scoreless draw into the locker rooms.

After the intermission, Quinnipiac picked up the intensity on defense; which in-turn led to the game's first goal in the 54th minute of play. Edwards forced a turnover in the middle of the field and carried the ball over midfield into FDU territory. The 2011 All-NEC selection then proceeded to send a perfect pass through the Knights' backline, where Woodfine found herself one-on-one with the FDU goalkeeper. Woodfine tucked a shot just inside of the far-left post for her third goal of the season and a 1-0 Bobcat lead.

Quinnipiac continued to pressure FDU's defense, generating several chances on frame. The Bobcats outshot the Knights, 10-3, in the second half (four on target), disallowing any offense from the visitors. Although QU was unable to find a second goal, the Bobcats managed to keep possession and preserve the one-goal victory.

Senior goalkeeper Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) made three saves in the contest, resulting in her 23rd career win. Her counterpart, Sage DoVale, made two saves in the losing effort.

Quinnipiac returns to the pitch on Sunday, September 23 with its second NEC match-up. The Bobcats welcome Central Connecticut State University to Mount Carmel Campus for a 2 p.m. tilt at the QU Soccer Field.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Women's Soccer Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu