LONG BRANCH, N.J. The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team fell to Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2-0, Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference Tournament. The third-seeded Bobcats finish the season with a 10-5-4 mark. The Knights move on to play Mount St. Mary's in Sunday's Championship Game after defeating top-seeded Monmouth University, 3-2 on penalty kicks, in the day's first semifinal game.
Fairleigh Dickinson took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a goal from Samson Malijani in the 14th minute. Serge Zulu made a quick pass to Maljani in the middle of the box. He turned and fired a shot into the upper right corner for the game's first goal. The goal was the first allowed by Quinnipiac goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) in 369:06 of play.
The Knights scored again in the 80th to take a two-goal advantage on the Bobcats. Zuli beat Quinnipiac's Hall off a free-kick from Fernando Huthmacher to the right of the goal.
The NEC's Player of the Year Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) was held without a goal for the second time this season against Fairleigh Dickinson. The Knights defeated the Bobcats at The Quinnipiac Soccer Field on Oct. 17. That 2-0 defeat was the last loss the Bobcats suffered in the regular season, finishing the year on a six-game unbeaten streak.
Brito finishes his career at Quinnipiac with 40 goals and 92 points, both those figures are Quinnipiac Division I records. Hall stopped seven shots in the game, while Fairleigh Dickinson's Majdi Zaineh recorded six saves in the win.
"These moments are never easy," said Head Coach Eric Da Costa. "We wanted more out of today and played well enough to win, but Fairleigh Dickinson is a good team and very deserving."