Quinnipiac University (7-4-2, 2-2-0 NEC) vs.
Central Connecticut State University (6-5-2, 0-3-1 NEC)
Sunday, October 26, 2008 3:00 p.m.
Quinnipiac Soccer Field Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team plays host to Northeast Conference foe and in-state rival Central Connecticut State University on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Bobcats come into the weekend tied for fifth in the NEC with a 2-2 conference mark, while the defending conference champion Blue Devils are winless in conference play at 0-3-1. Quinnipiac is coming off a 2-0 victory against Sacred Heart on Oct. 19, that saw Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) and Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) tally goals.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Central Connecticut State is currently on a four-game winless streak. After losing three straight games, the Blue Devils tied Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-1, as Eddie Floyd scored the lone goal. The Blue Devils previously lost to St. Francis (N.Y.), Long Island and Sacred Heart by the score of 2-1. Yan Klukowski leads CCSU with seven goals and five assists this season and is fourth in the NEC with 19 points. Paul Armstrong has played the majority of the time in goal for the Blue Devils, posting a 1.29 goals-against average and .767 save percentage. Quinnipiac has won two of the last three meetings with the Blue Devils.
Leading The Way
Brito leads the NEC in six offensive categories this season. The senior midfielder is at the top of the shots (78), shots per game (6.0), points (25), points per game (1.92), goals (12) and goals per game lists (0.92). He is also ranked sixth in the nation in goals per game and seventh in points per game.
Two At The Top
Brito scored his conference-leading 12th goal of the season against the Pioneers in the 87th minute. He collected his first assist of the season on Pereira's goal in the 10th minute. Brito passed between two defenders to a streaking Pereira for the freshman's fourth goal of the season. Pereira now has nine points, good for second on the team.
It All Starts On Defense
Quinnipiac's defensive play helped solidify the victory against Sacred Heart. Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) stopped three shots against both Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson. He made one save and guided two other attempts out of danger as the Pioneers had six corner kicks in a two-minute span in the first half. Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) and Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) helped clear two other attempts from Sacred Heart's Matt Mones in the corner.
How Swede It Is
Sophomore Johan Karlhagen (Gothenburg, Sweden) picked up his second assist of the season in the game against Sacred Heart. He passed a through ball between two defenders to find Brito on the left side of the field for his 12th goal of the season.