September 17, 2012

Bobcats, Hawks Continue Intrastate Rivalry On Wednesday Night

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-3, 0-0 NEC)
Hartford Hawks (5-3, 0-0 AE)
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Al-Marzook Field - West Hartford, Conn.

Intrastate Showdown
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (2-3) will take on its second straight opponent from Connecticut on Wednesday, September 19. The Bobcats head up to West Hartford for a non-conference tilt against Hartford at Al-Marzook Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. under-the-lights. 

All-Time Against Hartford
The Bobcats are 5-4-2 all-time against Hartford, a series that dates back to Quinnipiac's inaugural season in the NCAA's highest division. However, the rivalry dictates that the home team capitalizes when hosting. The home team in the series controls a .630 winning percentage, which includes a 2-1-2 record for the Hawks at Al-Marzook Field. 

Scouting the Hawks
Despite a very challenging non-conference schedule, the Hawks enter Wednesday's match-up with a 5-3 record. All three losses have been by just one goal and are at the expense of BIG EAST and Big-10 opponents. Hartford is currently riding a three-game winning-streak, a stint that includes victories against Penn (2-1), UMass (3-2) and a 1-0 win in overtime at Siena. Offensively, freshman Javoni Simms is the player to watch for the Bobcat defense. The Kingston, Jamaica native has six of the team's 13 goals, including the game-winner against the Saints last weekend. Fellow classmate Viltsu Tuumi anchors the other end of the pitch, serving as the team's goalkeeper in every game thus far. He has a 1.35 goals against average and a .732 save percentage. 

Last Time Against Hartford
Forward Ola Ogunjobi buried his third goal of the contest with just over a minute remaining in regulation, lifting the Bobcats to a thrilling 4-3 victory over Hartford at the QU Soccer Field last season. Ogunjobi's three second-half goals solidified the comeback, granting the London native his first career hat trick.

On The Air
Fans can tune in live to Wednesday's broadcast courtesy of the Hartford Hawks by clicking the appropriate links on the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live statistics will also be available.   

Last Time Out
Sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia recorded six saves on Friday afternoon, but the Bobcats endured a second-consecutive setback when the Yale Bulldogs handed them a 1-0 loss at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Quinnipiac made some noise late in the contest, however, couldn't find the equalizer en route to its second loss at home. 

Milestone Reached
With his goal against Loyola (Md.) (Sept. 8), Philip Suprise reached the 50-point plateau for his career at Quinnipiac. He moved into a two-way tie for 11th place all-time in points (50), eighth place all-time in goals (21) and remains in two assists shy of cracking top 15 all-time.

Looking Ahead
Quinnipiac is back in action next weekend with its final non-conference game of the season. On Saturday, September 22, the Bobcats will host Vermont for Alumni Day at the QU Soccer Field. The alumni game will begin at 10 a.m., with the men's soccer game to follow at 2 p.m.