ORLANDO, FLA.– A goal from Erica Modena early in the first half would be the difference for Manhattan in their 1-0 defeat of Quinnipiac in the Opening Round of the MAAC Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Quinnipiac wraps up their 2013 season while Manhattan moves on to the Quarterfinals where they will play No. 2 seeded Fairfield on Friday.
"We came out flat and it took us about 15-20 minutes to get going. The goal put us back on our heels and gave Manhattan something to work for and defend and they did a great job for the 90 minutes," said Head Coach Dave Clarke. "Overall Manhattan played for the full 90 minutes and we played for the last 15. There's too much chasing and we gave ourselves too much to do. Today was a lot like our whole season with a 1-0 loss, we weren't scoring or taking enough chances. There are no complaints. We did not show up until the last few minutes of the game."
Manhattan started their attack from the start. In the fifth minute, Manhattan moved the ball to the right of the 18. Aislinn McIlvenny, Manhattan's leading scorer, served the ball into the box to the far post. Manhattan's second leading scorer, Erica Modena, got great position in the middle of the box and put a head to the ball into the back of the net. The goal tied Modena with McIlvenny for the team lead in goals with six.
Quinnipiac would have an attack just two minutes later when Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) had a chance ,but it was saved by Manhattan's goalkeeper Kristen Skonieczny.Quinnipiac would have another chance in the 37th minute when Amanda Barroca (Bellmore, NY) had a run into the 18, but her shot was corralled by Skonieczny.
The first half would end with the Jaspers and the Bobcats tied in shots (3-3) and with the Bobcats holding the edge in corners (2-1), but the Jaspers still managed to hold a 1-0 lead.
Quinnipiac would have a corner in the 56th minute and Joanna Proctor (Frimley,England) would try to put a shot on net, but the ball was blocked in front and cleared away.
The score remained the same in the 85th minute when the Bobcats had their last chance on the game. Fontaine would have a chance near the top of the box, but Skonieczny would maintain the clean sheet. Despite Quinnipiac's effort to press forward, the Bobcats would not be able to find a goal and saw their inaugural MAAC season come to a close.
Despite the early goal, the match played fairly even. Manhattan had the advantage in shots (9-7) while Quinnipiac held the advantage in corner kicks (6-2). Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) made two saves for the Bobcats, while Skonieczny made four saves and had a clean sheet for Manhattan.
The Bobcats finish the season with a 3-8-5 overall record and a 3-4-4 MAAC record. Senior Aine McKeever (Derry City, Northern Ireland) moves into a tie for 13th place for appearances in a Bobcats uniform. Sophomore Natalia Grodzki finishes 10th in Quinnipiac single-season goals against average (1.07 gaa) this season. Grodzki is currently in second-place in school history with a career 0.96 goals against average.
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