Sunday, October 16, 2011 – 5 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-4-0) (3-0-0 Northeast Conference) vs.
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (7-3-2) (3-1-1 Northeast Conference)
University Stadium – Teaneck, N.J.
NEC Road Matchup
The Quinnipiac men's soccer team (5-4-0) (3-0-0 NEC) begins its stretch of four straight roads games when it travels to face Fairleigh Dickinson (7-3-2) (3-1-1 NEC) on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m.
Live stats and audio can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
About Fairleigh Dickinson
The Knights are coming off a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Monmouth on Friday, Oct. 14. Monmouth's Joseph Schmidt netted the game winning goal in the 104th minute of play, handing Fairleigh Dickinson its first NEC loss of the season. On the year overall, the Knights are led by Jack Mcvey's eight points (three goals, two assists), followed by Jonathan Gonzalez' seven points (two goals, three assists). Jacob Lissek has accumulated a .851 save percentage to go along with a .79 goals against average.
All-Time Against Knights
Sunday's contest will be the 16th time the two sides face each other, as Fairleigh Dickinson holds a 12-3 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on October 24, 2010, the Knights came away with a 1-0 overtime victory on Dominic Reinold's tally in the 96th minute of play. Sophomore goalkeeper Josh Lavallee (Upland, Calif.) made three saves in net for the Bobcats.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac improved to a perfect 3-0 in NEC action with wins over Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris on Friday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 9. On Friday against the Red Flash, junior William Daniels' (Clackamas, Ore.) netted the game-winner in the second minute of overtime to propel the Bobcats to the 2-1 victory. Junior Philip Suprise added a goal in the 25th minute of play off an assist from sophomore Tim Quigley (Ridgefield, Conn.). Freshman goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) made four saves in net for Quinnipiac.
The following Sunday, the Bobcats once again defeated their opponent, 2-1, this time downing Robert Morris in regulation. Suprise once again netted the team's first goal on a beautifully struck ball from five yards outside the goalkeeper's box, as he sliced the ball with the outside of his right foot and bent it into the far-side netting. With the score tied at one apiece, the junior drew the deciding penalty in the 79th minute when he was taken down in the goalkeeper's box. Senior Matthew Rothbart (Cheshire, Conn.) stepped in to take the penalty shot and buried his opportunity, giving Quinnipiac its winning score of 2-1. Angoitia played another solid game in goal for Quinnipiac, making two saves on the afternoon.
Adidas/NEC Player Of The Week
For his efforts over the weekend, Suprise was named adidas/NEC Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday, Oct. 10. This marks Suprise's first-ever Player of the Week honors and Quinnipiac's first Player of the Week recipient since Pierre Soubrier took home the award in the last week of the 2010 season on November 8, 2010. Suprise currently ranks third in the NEC with 1.11 points per game average and fourth in the league with a .44 assists per game average.
Rising To The Occasion
Senior defender William Cavallo (Londonderry, N.H.), who provided the game-winning assist in overtime against Saint Francis (Pa.), often finds himself crafting game-winning moments for the team. The senior earned his first assist of the season when he delivered the assist on the game-winning goal to freshman forward Ola Ogunjobi (London, England) on Wednesday, Sept. 14 against Hartford. In the following game, Cavallo scored the game-winning goal for the Bobcats in a 1-0 win over Loyola on Saturday, Sept. 24. The senior ranks tied for fourth on the team with four points.
Quinnipiac currently ranks first among all NEC teams with 1.67 goals per game. The Bobcats rank fourth in the league with 1.56 assists per game.
There's A Theme Here…
The Bobcats' last four games, three of which have been victories, have all ended in 2-1 scores. Overall, five of the Bobcats' nine games have had final scores of 2-1.
On A Roll
Dating back to its Wednesday, Sept. 14th 4-3 win over Hartford, Quinnipiac has gone 5-1 in its last six games. The Bobcats have already eclipsed last year's overall win total, as well as having tied their NEC win total from a year ago.
Following Sunday's game against Fairleigh Dickinson, the Bobcats remain on the road when they travel to Monmouth on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Quinnipiac then face Mount St. Mary's on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. and Central Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac hosts Long Island on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. before visiting Sacred Heart on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will play their final regular-season on their home field when they host St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.