Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-1-2) at
Columbia University Lions (2-2-1)
Friday, September 26, 2008 4 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Columbia Soccer Stadium
Quinnipiac travels to New York to take on Columbia on Friday afternoon. The Bobcats are winless in their last two games, tying Siena and losing to Yale. The Bobcats are 3-1-2 this season with the loss to Yale being the team's only defeat. Columbia is coming off a 2-1 double-overtime victory at La Salle on Sept. 17. The last time these two teams met was in October of 2006 when the Lions defeated the Bobcats, 2-1. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) scored the Bobcats' lone goal of the game when he headed a crossing pass into the net.
Scouting the Lions
Columbia comes into Friday's game with the Bobcats with a 2-2-1 record. Prior to defeating La Salle in double overtime, the Lions upset No. 6 University of California-Santa Barbara at home, 3-1, on Sept. 14. Bayo Adafin recorded a hat trick and first-year goalkeeper Alex Aurrichio stopped seven shots from the Gauchos en route to the victory. Adafin's first goal of the game was Columbia's first goal of the season as the Lions had failed to score in each of their first three games.
Saves of the Day
Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) made seven saves against the Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon. The Bobcats goalkeeper made four saves in the second half, keeping the Bobcats in the game as the team's offense maintained possession down the stretch.
After starting the season with seven goals in its first two games, Quinnipiac has failed to score in the last 197 minutes of action. Shane Recklet's (Shelton, Conn.) fourth goal of the season against Canisius on Sept. 13 was the last time the Bobcats found the back of the net. During the drought, Quinnipiac has managed 28 shots without scoring.
Brito scored four goals in the first two games of the season against Iona and NJIT. Recording the team's first two goals at Iona and the team's last two goals against NJIT in the home opener, Brito jumped out to an early lead as the Northeast Conference's goal leader. Since the game against the Highlanders, the senior midfielder has gone four games without scoring a goal.
New York, New York
The Bobcats are 2-0 this season in the Empire State. The Bobcats opened the season in New Rochelle with a 3-1 victory over the Iona Gaels before picking up their third win of the season in Buffalo at Canisius. After Columbia, Quinnipiac still has two games left in New York as they travel to take on Long Island and St. Francis (NY) in consecutive games in mid October.
Quinnipiac ranks nationally in numerous categories this season. The Bobcats' 2.2 goals per game are tied for 13th in the nation with Stetson. With a 3-1-2 record this season, Quinnipiac's winning percentage (.800) is the 19th best in Division I amongst 204 teams.