October 21, 2010

Men's Soccer Hosts Sacred Heart And Fairleigh Dickinson

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-8-1) (1-3-0 NEC) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (9-3-1) (4-1-1 NEC)
Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-8-1) (1-3-0 NEC) vs.
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (6-6-0) (2-3-1 NEC)
Quinnipiac Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.


Northeast Conference Games This Weekend
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team hosts Northeast Conference opponents Sacred Heart University and Fairleigh Dickinson University on Friday and Sunday afternoon this weekend. Friday's game against Sacred Heart is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start while Sunday's contest against Fairleigh Dickinson is set to start at 12 p.m.


Follow The Bobcats
Live Stats for both Quinnipiac men's soccer games will be available. To access live stats, please click on the appropriate links on the men's soccer schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.


About Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart comes to Hamden as the top team in the NEC. In its last game, the Pioneers defeated Robert Morris, 2-1, as senior midfielders Mario Mililli and Lusiano Dadario scored two first half goals in the win. Sophomore midfielder Marcello Castro leads all Sacred Heart scorers with nine points (four goals, one assist). He is closely followed by sophomore forward Brian Francolini, who has three goals and two assists. Junior goalkeeper Alex Fait is having a tremendous season in goal for the Pioneers, as he has allowed just 14 goals in 13 games for a 1.02 goals-against average, second-best in league play.


All-Time Against The Pioneers
Friday's game against Sacred Heart will be the 12th time the two teams will have faced each other. Quinnipiac dominates the all-time series with a 9-2 record. Last season, the Bobcats defeated Sacred Heart, 1-0, on a goal from junior defender Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) in the 76th minute of play. The win propelled the Bobcats into a first-place tie with Monmouth University in the NEC standings.


About Fairleigh Dickinson University
In its last contest, the Knights won its second conference game of the season over Saint Francis (Pa.) to move into a tie for sixth place. Freshman midfielder Michael Calderon scored the game-winning goal in the 30th minute to lead the Knights to an undefeated weekend. Calderon scored the game tying goal the previous game against Robert Morris, and was awarded both adidas/NEC Player and Rookie of the Week honors, as announced by the league on October 18. Sophomore midfielder Dominic Reinold is the team leader in goals (five) and assists (four). The Knights are also led offensively by senior midfielder Samson Malijani, who has registered three goals and one assist in only eight games played. Freshman goalkeeper Jacob Lissek is the last line of defense for the Knights, as he has compiled a .780 save percentage to go along with his 1.16 goals-against average.


All-Time Against The Knights
Sunday's matchup will be the 15th time the two squads will have faced each other. Fairleigh Dickinson owns the series lead, 11-3. In the last meeting between the two, Quinnipiac defeated the Knights, 1-0, on an amazing goal from freshman forward Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) in the 90th minute. His shot from nearly 40 yards out bent around the Knights goalkeeper and into the far corner to give Quinnipiac its third straight conference victory.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac pulled out an emphatic 3-0 victory over conference opponent New Jersey Institute of Technology on Sunday, Oct. 17. Sophomore forward William Cavallo (Londonderry, N.H.) scored Quinnipiac's first goal in the 25th minute to give the Bobcats the early 1-0 advantage. The Bobcats got some breathing room when senior midfielder Fabricio Silva (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) scored his first-career goal in the 84th minute to increase Quinnipiac's lead to 2-0. Senior forward Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) put an exclamation point on the afternoon with his team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 90th minute of play. The victory was the first conference win for the Bobcats and improved their overall home record to 2-1-1.

Will. I. Am. Cavallo
Cavallo scored his first-career goal on Sunday, Oct. 17 against NJIT in the 30th minute of play in Quinnipiac's 3-0 win. The sophomore defender has started in eight of the Bobcats' 11 games. His aggressive play will be crucial for Quinnipiac's success at it enters the latter stages of the season.

Fabricio-So-Nice
The Belo Horizonte, Brazil native blasted his first-career goal on Sunday, Oct. 17 against NJIT. The crafty midfielder put a charge into the ball from 35 yards out that cruised into the upper left corner of the net, giving NJIT freshman goalkeeper John Ricketti no chance for a save.

Mars On A Roll
Mars scored his fourth goal in as many games on Sunday, Oct. 17 against NJIT. Already the active team-leader in goals, the tally for Mars was his 10th career goal scored.

Back On The Road
Following this weekend's games, Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. against NEC opponent Saint Francis (N.Y.) in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.