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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Senior Robbie McLarney (Londonderry, N.H.) scored twice and sophomore Ola Ogunjobi (London, England) added another on Sunday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team defeated St. Francis (N.Y.) in a wild finish, 3-2, at the Aviator Sports & Recreation Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. McLarney's penalty kick late in the contest proved to be the difference, granting the Bobcats their first Northeast Conference win of the season.
"Our group of men showed great character today," said head coach Eric Da Costa. "We went down a goal but stayed composed, continued to play and fought back into the game. Brooklyn is not an easy place to play; we had the belief and resolve to get the result on the road."
Quinnipiac, now 3-4-1 overall, improved to 4-0-1 in NEC-openers since the 2007 campaign. The Bobcats conceded the first goal of the match when senior Adam Maabdi collected his fifth tally of the season for a 1-0 Terrier advantage. The lead was short-lived however, as the New Hampshire native knotted the score up just minutes later. In the 39th minute, McLarney capitalized on a penalty kick for his second goal of the season, leaving a 1-1 deadlock at halftime.
With 12 minutes left and the game tied at one-apiece, Ogunjobi put himself in prime scoring position and took full advantage of his opportunity. Junior Tim Quigley (Ridgefield, Conn.) whipped a cross into the middle of the box, where Ogunjobi firmly struck a header past the Terrier goalkeeper for the go-ahead goal.
Instead of sitting back, Quinnipiac pressed forward and added some insurance after drawing a another penalty kick in the 85th minute. McLarney calmly stepped to the ball and lined a shot into the corner of the net for a 3-1 advantage.
St. Francis (N.Y.) tacked on one more with a penalty kick in the 88th minute, but three goals was enough for sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) and the Bobcats' defense. Angoitia made six saves in his third win of the season.
Quinnipiac surrendered an 18-8 discrepancy in shots, but made the most of its opportunities. Three of the Bobcats five shots on frame (60 percent) found the back of the net.
The win was much needed for the Bobcats in the all-time series, serving as their first victory in New York, and just their first on the road.
The Bobcats endure their second weekend of NEC action, playing host to Sacred Heart on Friday, October 5, and then traveling to St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sunday, October 7. Game times are set for 3:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
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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