August 28, 2013

Women's Soccer's Home Opener Against Saint Joseph's on Sunday, Sept. 1 Available Live on YouTube

Saint Joseph's Hawks (1-0-1, 0-0 A-10)
Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-1, 0-0 MAAC)
Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 1:00 P.M.
QU Soccer Field - Hamden,Conn.

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Home Opener
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team returns home after a loss to nationally-ranked Georgetown when they play a non-conference match against Atlantic 10 opponent, Saint Joseph's University on Sunday, Sept. 1. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field in Hamden, Connecticut.

Scouting the Hawks
St Joseph's is off to a 1-0-1 start after defeating LIU 1-0 and tying Hartford 0-0 this past weekend. Last season the Hawks qualified for the Atlantic 10 tournament for the first time in seven seasons. The Hawks returned eight starters for this season and 22 players overall from the 2012 squad. St. Joseph's also return the 2012 A-10 midfielder of the year Mo Hawkins for her senior season. Hawkins is the only St. Joseph's player in school history to be named all-conference three times and is just one of two players in A-10 history to be a two-time A-10 Midfielder of the Year. She is third all-time in points for the Hawks with 62, third all-time in goals with 25, and third all-time in assists with 12.

Series History with SJU
The Bobcats face the Hawks for the first time in their history.

Season-Opener
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team fell to No. 18 ranked Georgetown University, 5-0, at Shaw Field on Sunday August 26th in their season opener. The Bobcats fell to 0-1 on the season and 0-2 in their history against the Hoyas.

The Senior Class
Quinnipiac brings back four seniors for the 2013 campaign. Taylor Healey, Beck Kiting, Aine McKeever and Mary Corrado are all set for one last go in a Bobcats' uniform. Healey played in all 17 games last season while starting in 13 of them and had two goals on the year. Kiting started all 17 games last year and had two game winning goals for the Bobcats including one against Mount St Mary's (10/14) in the 106th minute. McKeever played in all 17 games, which included 14 in a starting role, scoring one goal and assisting on two others while Corrado played in three games.

Freshman Make Debuts
The game against Georgetown saw four freshmen make debuts for the Bobcats including three in the starting lineup. Joanna Proctor (Frimley,England) and Laura Nicholas (Derry City, Northern Ireland) made the start with the backline while Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) made her highly anticipated debut as a forward, registering the only two Bobcat shots on goal. Kelly Caruso (Rocky Hill, Conn) also saw her first minutes for the Bobcats on defense.

New Conference brings New Opportunities
After being in the Northeast Conference for the past 15 seasons the Bobcats begin their inaugural season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). As members of the Northeast Conference they went 72-50-18 in conference play and 126-117-26 overall. They appeared in the four-team NEC tournament six times, the NEC Final two times, won a regular season championship in 2001, and an NEC Title and trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2000. The 2000 team was the first Quinnipiac team in any sport to make the Division 1 NCAA tournament. The Bobcats open MAAC play September 21 when they head to Jersey City to take on Saint Peter's.

Shutdown defense
The Quinnipiac women's soccer team defense ranked nationally in two NCAA defensive statistics and goals against average in 2012. The team posted a .737 goals against average which ranked 34th nationally while they were tied with Western Illinois for 42nd in the nation with a .471 shutout percentage.

MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team was selected to finish eighth in the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced by the league office on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Bobcats, who have advanced to postseason play in three of their last five seasons, will look to turn some heads in their first season in the MAAC.

Rk. Team (Pts)
1 Fairfield (115)
2 Marist (113)
3 Monmouth (86)
4 Rider (69)
5 Niagara (68)
6 Siena (64)
7 Iona (62)
8 Quinnipiac (59)
9 Canisius (45)
10 Manhattan (32)
11 Saint Peter's (13)

#15 For Clarke
Head Coach Dave Clarke enters his 15th season at the helm of the Bobcats women's soccer program while entering his first season in the MAAC Conference. Through his first 14 seasons at Quinnipiac, Clarke owns a 117-110-24 record. He picked up his 100th career win back in the 2010 campaign with a win over Bryant University.

An Honor for Eriksen
Sophomore defender Nicole Eriksen (Stamford, Conn.) was named to the 2013 College Sports Madness MAAC Conference Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Second Team, announced on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by members of the association. The list of athletes includes the top players in women's soccer for the upcoming campaign.

Going to Disney World
The MAAC hosts one sport every year as a part of a four sport rotation at the ESPN World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 MAAC Women's Soccer Tournament will be the tournament held at the complex. Instead of the normal four team format every MAAC Conference team qualifies for the tournament held from October 31st to November 2nd.

The Look Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats will have the second game of their three game home stand on Friday, September 6th when they face the Brown Bears of the Ivy League. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field.