HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was selected to finish second in the 2010 Northeast Conference Coaches Preseason Poll. After advancing to the NEC championship game last season for the first time in school history, the Bobcats appear poised for another deep run into post-season play. Sophomore standout Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) looks to lead Quinnipiac's offensive charge this season.
"We are all very excited to begin our 2010 campaign" Head Coach Eric De Costa said. "2009 was a fantastic season filled with many milestones and we hope to take it a few steps further this coming fall. We will face our most challenging schedule to date and once conference play begins, our squad will be well-tested. We have a veteran group of players returning, our boys will be prepared to compete and ready to overcome the challenges ahead."
Monmouth, with 10 first-place votes, was the unanimous selection to repeat as NEC champions, followed by Quinnipiac, who received the one remaining first-place vote. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their team. Farleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Mount St. Mary's rounded out the top five. Sacred Heart, Saint Francis (Pa.), Long Island, Central Connecticut State, Robert Morris and Bryant made up for the bottom half of the division.
In 2009, the Bobcats finished third in the league for the second consecutive season and matured tremendously in the eyes of De Costa. The Bobcats featured one of the top defensive units, allowing only 16 goals all year.
Suprise is coming off an impressive freshman season, after he led the team with 16 points and seven goals. Both figures ranked sixth and fifth in the NEC, respectively. He collected adidas/ NEC Rookie Of The Week honors in consecutive weeks and scored three game-winning goals throughout the year.
The Bobcats return All-Conference senior defender Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) and senior Tolle Staffanson (Goteborg, Sweden) to a veteran defensive unit, that ranked second in the NEC with 10 shutouts. With four goals, Soubrier led all Bobcat defenders in goals and points. Staffanson and Soubrier both averaged over 90 minutes of field time per game, a testament to their durability and success on the pitch.
Senior Dominic Adams (John Dial, Trinidad and Tobago) and junior Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) are experienced midfielders who expect to see extensive playing time.
Quinnipiac opens the regular season with a home contest on Saturday, Sept. 4th against Boston College. The Bobcats play their next three games on the road, beginning with its first away match against Hartford on Tuesday, Sept. 7th. The team then plays Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, Sept. 11th and Providence the following Saturday, Sept. 18th.
The men return home on Tuesday, Sept. 21st against Yale and travel to Stony Brook on Saturday, Sept. 26th.
Conference play begins on home turf Friday, Oct. 1st in a highly anticipated contest against Monmouth. Quinnipiac then hosts Mount St. Mary's on Sunday, Oct. 3rd. The team travels on an important three game stretch, playing road games against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday, Oct. 8th, Robert Morris on Sunday, Oct. 10th and Bryant on Friday, Oct 15th.
The men return home to play their final non-conference game of the season in a contest against New Jersey Institute of Technology on Sunday, Oct. 17th. The Bobcats then host Sacred Heart on Friday, Oct. 22nd and Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday, Oct. 24th.
The team plays their final two regular season away matches against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Friday, Oct. 29th and Long Island on Sunday, Oct. 31st. The squad will finish regular season play at home against Central Connecticut State on Friday, Nov. 5th.