Men's Soccer Hosts Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart This Weekend

Quinnipiac University (6-3-2, 1-1-0 NEC) vs.

Fairleigh Dickinson (6-3-1, 1-0-0 NEC)

Friday, October 17, 2008 – 3 p.m.

Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac Soccer Field

Quinnipiac University (6-3-2, 1-1-0 NEC) vs.

Sacred Heart (2-5-1, 0-1-0 NEC)

Sunday, October 19, 2008 – 12 p.m.

Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac Soccer Field

This Weekend

Quinnipiac hosts Fairleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart this weekend in their first home Northeast Conference games of the season. The Bobcats enter the weekend having split their first two conference games last weekend with Long Island and St. Francis (N.Y.). Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) scored his second goal of the season in the 85th minute to break the scoreless tie before netting another just over two minutes later as Quinnipiac went on to win, 3-0. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Caper Verde) scored in the 88th minute against the Blackbirds and again on Sunday in a 2-1 loss to St. Francis (N.Y.).

Scouting the Knights

Fairleigh Dickinson comes to Quinnipiac with a 6-3-1 record. The Knights won their only NEC contest this season a 2-0 loss to Sacred Heart. Samson Malijani leads the team in scoring with seven goals and two assists for 16 points. Paul King was named the Brine/NEC Player and Rookie of the Week, Sept. 15, after scoring four goals in games against Manhattan and Yale. The Knights have used three goaltenders this season with Majdi Zaineh leading the team with three wins.

Scouting the Pioneers

The Sacred Heart Pioneers enter the weekend with a 2-5-1 record. The Pioneers lost their first NEC contest in their last game, a 2-0 defeat to Fairleigh Dickinson on Oct. 11. The Pioneers have yet to record a win away from Fairfield this season as they have posted an 0-4-1 mark. Four members of the Pioneers have recorded one goal this season. Matt Jones has played every minute in net for Sacred Heart, posting a 1.20 goals-against average and a .767 save percentage.

Weekly Rankings

The Bobcats are ranked seventh in the North Atlantic region in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas poll. Quinnipiac also landed in 47th place in the first NCAA Ratings Percentage Index of the season, 23 spots higher than Central Connecticut State, the next NEC school on the list.

Ranks With The Best Of Them

Brito is tied for the nation's lead in goals per game (1.0) with Doug Demartin of Michigan State and Andy Stadler of George Washington and ninth in points per game (2.0).

Division I Bobcat

With his 32nd career goal against Long Island on Friday, Brito became the all-time leading goal scorer in the program's Division I history and second all-time. His goal on Sunday gave him 75 career points, moving him into sole position of first place in the program's Division I points lead ahead of Everson Maciel's 74.

Silva Lends A Foot

Fabricio Silva (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) picked up his third assist of the season on Brito's goal against St. Francis (N.Y.) to tie him with Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) for the team lead.

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner

Mars' first goal against Long Island proved to be the game winner. It was the second game-winning goal of the season for Mars. He joined Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) as the only members of the Bobcats to record multiple game winners this season.