HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac men's soccer team has been selected to finish eighth in the 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league office on Tuesday, August 14. In search for their first NEC title, the Bobcats will look to overpower Monmouth University from its impressive run over the last three years.
The three-time defending Northeast Conference (NEC) champion was once again an undisputed pick to win the NEC men's soccer title. The Hawks, winners of seven straight NEC regular-season titles, garnered seven first-place votes to become the fourth team in the past 10 seasons to take the top spot by unanimous selection.
FDU, picked to win the conference outright by two of the league's coaches, solidified the No. 2 spot, followed by Saint Francis (Pa.) in third. Sacred Heart earned the final first-place vote to take fourth place, while St. Francis (N.Y.) rounded out the top five.
2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Monmouth (7)
2. FDU (2)
3. SFPA (1)
4. Sacred Heart (1)
9. LIU Brooklyn
The Bobcats, who finished the 2011 season with an overall mark of 6-10 and 4-6 in the NEC, return 13 players from last season. Top-scorer and captain, senior Philip Suprise, will return for his final year of eligibility. Surprise, a 2011 All-NEC First Team honoree, finished the 2011 campaign with five goals and four assists and has led the Bobcats in goals scored and overall points in each of the last three seasons.
In addition to the return of Suprise, Head Coach Eric Da Costa will bring back midfielder Ola Ogonjobi for his sophomore year. Ogonjobi registered nine points in his inaugural season at the strength of four goals and one assist. Ogonjobi was a formidable component of the Bobcats' midfield and should compete for an All-Conference selection at the end of the season.
Also expected to chime in on the offensive end will be senior William Daniels and junior Tim Quigley. Daniels and Quigley each earned 15 appearances and combined for 13 starts last season. The tandem was responsible for a total of four goals and two assists on the year.
On the other side of the pitch, Coach Da Costa returns four players will significant experience, including sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia. Angoitia claimed the majority of time between the posts last season, starting in all 14 games he appeared in. He turned away over 70 percent of the shots he faced, highlighted by a season-high 10 saves in a 2-1 win at Central Connecticut. Just in front of Angoitia, seniors William Cavallo and Greg Digiovine and junior Brandon Strain-Goode return after a very productive offseason. The trio compiled 43 appearances and 35 starts between them last season.
The quest for its first NEC title begins on Friday, August 24 against ACC power Boston College. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field. After a challenging non-conference slate, the Bobcats open conference play against the Hawks of Monmouth University. NEC competition commences on Friday, September 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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