HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior William Daniels (Clackamas, Ore.) scored the team's first goal of the season on Friday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was defeated by #14 nationally ranked Boston College, 2-1, at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. The Bobcats clipped the Eagles' two goal lead midway through the second half, however, were unable to find the equalizer in the closing minutes.
The first half featured several chances from both squads. Quinnipiac, now 0-1 on the young season, generated the game's first chance in the ninth minute of play. Senior midfielder Robbie McLarney (Londonderry, Mass.) collected the ball on the right side of the 18-yard box and ripped a shot towards net. Senior Philip Surprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) dashed towards the goal and nearly capitalized on a miscue from the Eagles' goalkeeper, Justin Luthy. Luthy redirected Suprise's effort off to the right and out for a corner kick.
Five minutes later though, Boston College opened the scoring column after taking advantage of a free-kick from the left flank. Jason Abbott whipped in a cross that bounced around the middle of the penalty area. Sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia made a spectacular save on a close-range shot, but the ball bounced right to Kevin Mejia, who gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
BC wasted very little time to strike again, as the nation's 14th best team registered the game's second goal two minutes later. After a miscue in the QU defense, the ball trickled out to a wide-open Abbott, who buried a shot to the far post from 20-yards out. The Eagles would sustain their 2-0 advantage through the remainder of the opening stanza.
After halftime, junior Brandon Strain-Goode (Toronto, Ontario) sparked the Bobcats with a tremendous defensive play to preserve the 2-0 deficit. QU quickly regained its composure, and managed to crack the Eagles' defense with its first goal of the season. Daniels beat the last defender and broke through down the ride side for a breakaway. The senior forward calmly slipped the ball passed Luthy, cutting the home team's deficit to just one.
The Bobcats kept the pressure on over the next 20 minutes, fighting vigorously to find their second goal. Erik Panzer (Nelson, New Zealand) nearly found it, as the freshman redirected a header on a cross from McLarney that hit the post and deflected away from danger. Some 10 minutes later, William Cavallo (Londonderry, N.H.) laced a volley from the top of the 18-yard box, but Luthy was up for the challenge and held on for the save.
In the waning minutes, BC managed the clock and disallowed Quinnipiac back into the game. The final whistle sounded, granting the visiting Eagles their fourth straight win against the Bobcats.
Angoitia turned away two shots for the Bobcats, while counterpart, Luthy, made five saves on the afternoon. Quinnipiac outshot Boston College, 11-10, and edged the Eagles in corner kicks, 7-6.
The Bobcats return to action on August 30 with their first true road game of the 2012 season. QU travels to Worcester, Mass. for a Thursday night showdown with Holy Cross. Kickoff is set for 7 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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