Men's Soccer Defeats Canisius, 3-2
BUFFALO, N.Y. The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team defeated Canisius Saturday afternoon, 3-2. The Bobcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Griffins tied the game midway through the second half. Junior defender Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) scored twice, including the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute as the Bobcats remain undefeated this season with a 3-0-1 record. The loss drops Canisius' to 2-3-0 in 2008.
Recklet opened the scoring in the 12th minute to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Rodrigo Uchoa (Brasilia, Brazil) headed the ball over to Recklet who beat the Canisius goalkeeper Luke Seymour to the right side of the net for his third goal of the season. Uchoa's assist was his second of the season.
Just over 13 minutes later, Quinnipiac's Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) scored his second goal of the season to give the Bobcats a two-goal advantage. Pereira scored from 20 yards out on a shot that beat Seymour to the top left corner of the net. Fabricio Silva's (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) initial pass set up the freshman forward for his second goal in as many games. The assist was the first of the season for Silva.
Victor Gonzalez's penalty kick in the 44th minute pulled the Griffins to within one on the team's first shot on goal of the game. The goal made it 2-1 going into halftime.
Canisius' Gonzalez picked up an assist on the Griffins' second goal. His corner kick into the box was headed into the back of the net by Sean Vella in the 64th minute. The goal tied the game 2-2 and was Canisius' third and final shot on goal in the game.
Recklet's second goal of the contest gave the Bobcats a 3-2 lead in the 73rd minute. The goal was a result of a loose ball in the box that Recklet kicked past the Griffin goalkeeper. He now has all three of the Bobcats' game-winning goals this season and is tied with Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) for the conference lead with four goals.
Brito led all players with three shots on goal, but was unable to score for the second time this season. Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) made one save in earning his third win of 2008.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. as they travel to Loudonville, N.Y. to take on Siena College.