Men's Soccer Hosts Monmouth And Mount St. Mary's This Weekend

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4-3, 4-2-1 NEC) vs.

Monmouth University Hawks (11-3-2, 5-1-1 NEC)

Friday, November 7, 2008 – 2 p.m.

Hamden, Conn. – Quinnipiac Soccer Field

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4-3, 4-2-1 NEC) vs.

Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (9-7, 5-2 NEC)

Sunday, November 9, 2008 – 12 p.m.

Hamden, Conn. – Quinnipiac Soccer Field

This Weekend

The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team enters its last weekend of the regular season riding a four-game unbeaten streak. The Bobcats dispatched the Saint Francis University Red Flash in Loretto, Pa., 2-0, Sunday afternoon. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) scored both Bobcat goals in the team's ninth win of the season. On Friday, the Bobcats tied Robert Morris, 1-1, on a Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) goal in the 80th minute. The Bobcats are currently tied for third in the Northeast Conference with St. Francis (N.Y.) and Fairleigh Dickinson. Each team has 13 points and identical 4-2-1 conference records.

Scouting the Hawks

Monmouth travels to Quinnipiac for Friday's game with the Bobcats. The Hawks enter the weekend in sole possession of first place in the NEC with a 5-1-1 conference mark. Monmouth is led by Ryan Kinne's 25 points. He has scored 10 goals and recorded five assists this season. The Hawks have another 20-point scorer in Chase Barbieri, who has nine goals and two assists in 14 games played this season. Bryan Meredith has seen all the time in goal for the Hawks, posting a 0.60 goals-against average and a .848 save percentage in 16 games.

Scouting the Mountaineers

Mount St. Mary's is currently second in the NEC with a 5-2 mark and 15 points. The Mountaineers are led by Chris Wheeler's 21 points on 10 goals and three assists. The Mount has four players with at least 14 points this season, the most of any team in the conference. Chris Davis has played every minute in goal for the Mountaineers this season. He has posted a 1.00 goals-against average and a .768 save percentage.

Leader of the Pack

Brito is the top point scorer in the NEC with 35 on 16 goals and three assists. He is the nation's leader in points per game (2.19), tied for the lead in goals per game (1.0) and fourth in total points. Brito's 16 goals are second in the program's Division I history, while the 35 points rank third.

Back To Front

Quinnipiac goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) recorded his fifth shutout of the season against the Red Flash. He turned away five shots in recording the shutout, while also picking up his first career point. Hall's kick in the 57th minute landed behind the Saint Francis defense. Brito collected the ball and scored his 15th goal of the season.

Captain Comeback
Recklet started the season by scoring the game-winning goal in the Bobcats' first three wins. In the 1-1 tie with Robert Morris, Recklet's fifth goal of the season tied the game in the 80th minute. Brito put a quick pass across the six-yard box where Recklet directed the ball into the net.

Solo Performance

Sunday's 2-0 victory against the Red Flash marked the third time this season that Brito was the only member of the Bobcats to score a goal. He scored the Bobcats' one goal at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Oct. 12 and both goals in the 2-1 win over Holy Cross on Sept. 30.

Hear It Now

The weekend's games can be heard on the WQAQ webstream. Andrew Gabel will be the play-by-play for Friday's game, while Joe Shust lends the color commentary. Tyler Chaput will handle the play-by-play duties for Sunday's game with Mount St. Mary's with Steve Ceruti adding the color.