HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior William Daniels' (Clackamas, Ore.) long blast in the first overtime propelled the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team to a thrilling victory on Friday afternoon, as the Bobcats defeated the St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash, 2-1, on the Quinnipiac Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn. After a scoreless second half, Daniels' tally just two minutes into the extra frame pushed the Bobcats to their second straight NEC triumph at home this season.
With the win, Quinnipiac climbed back to the .500 mark (4-4) and remains unbeaten in the conference (2-0). With the loss, the Red Flash dropped to 5-5-1, 1-2 in the league.
The first half of action featured a high octane affair with several scoring chances. The Red Flash opened the scoring column in the 15th minute of play on a half-volley from the left side of the field. Alex Hainault played a bouncing ball to the top left corner of the 18-yard box, where Pablo Medina laced a shot just inside the far post for an early 1-0 lead.
The Bobcats' offense was quick to respond though, as the home team found the equalizer 10 minutes later. In the 25th minute of play, sophomore Tim Quigley (Ridgefield, Conn.) used some crafty footwork to maintain possession on the right side of the pitch. He then played a ball across the field to the feet of Philip Surprise (Milwaukee, Wis.), who laced a shot past the Red Flash goalkeeper, knotting the score up at 1-1.
The two teams created several chances in the waning minutes; however couldn't capitalize for the go-ahead goal. As the halftime whistle sounded, they headed to the locker rooms with a 1-1 tie score. Each team recorded five shots in the stanza, with the Bobcats holding a slight 3-1 advantage corner kicks.
After the intermission, defense became the name of the game, as both teams struggled to create chances. The best chance of the half came off the head of St. Francis' (Pa.) Makala Hairston, who headed a cross towards the top right corner of the net. Bobcats' goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) sprawled to his left and made a spectacular save to tip the ball over the crossbar for a corner kick. The Quinnipiac defense held tough and forced overtime after a series of attacks from the Red Flash.
Daniels and the Bobcats' offense wasted very little time in the extra frame to find the game-winner. Daniels collected the ball on the right side of the field, just outside of the 18-yard box, and kept control for a few seconds. He looked up, spotted the Red Flash goalkeeper off his line and ripped a shot over his outstretched arms into the net for the emphatic 2-1 victory. Senior William Cavallo (Londonderry, N.H.) earned his second assist of the season on the goal.
Angoitia registered four saves in his fourth win of the season for the Bobcats. Opposing goalie, Darius Motazed, also made four stops in the game.
The men's soccer team returns to action on Sunday, October 9, with another NEC showdown. The Bobcats face off against Robert Morris at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. with live stats and audio available at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Ross Bennett; Ross.Bennett@quinnipiac.edu