October 7, 2012

Hawkey's Heroics Help Men's Soccer To 2-2 Draw At LIU Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team erased a two-goal deficit late in the second half on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats escaped with a 2-2 draw through double overtime at LIU Brooklyn in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Freshman Stevenson Hawkey's (Pennington, N.J.) first career goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime and helped the Bobcats stay unbeaten in Northeast Conference competition.

With the result, Quinnipiac improves to 4-4-2 overall and 2-0-1 within conference play. LIU Brooklyn moves to 2-7-2 overall, 1-1-1 in the league.

In search of his 50th career win at QU, head coach Eric Da Costa was pleased with the way his team gathered themselves after falling behind, 2-0. "We were disappointed with conceding two goals in such quick succession but our response was outstanding," said Da Costa. "We did everything but push the third one over the line. We should be proud of our ability to come back from two goals down but our play deserved more. LIU's goalkeeper was outstanding and won his team the draw."

After a scoreless opening 45 minutes of play, LIU stunned the Bobcats with a pair of goals right out of the gate. Just eight minutes into the second half, the hosting Blackbirds produced consecutive goals within a two-minute span. LIU forward Jakeem Johnson finished a header in the 51st minute, followed by a second goal in the 53rd minute from Tanner Sica.

One thing that Coach Da Costa has reiterated all season is his team's ability fight until the final whistle. Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) ignited the comeback in the 70th minute, when the junior midfielder recorded his first career goal on a free-kick from outside the 18-yard box. Freshman Erik Panzer (Nelson, New Zealand) collected his first career point with the assist, as the Bobcats cut the lead in half with 20 minutes remaining in regulation.

Quinnipiac had its chances throughout the match, demonstrated by 11 shots in the second half. As the clocked ticked closer to zero, Quinnipiac took full advantage of another set-piece for the equalizer. Senior Robbie McLarney (Londonderry, N.H.) vigilantly played a short-corner kick to Hawkey at the top of the penalty area. Hawkey collected the ball and laced a shot into the top-right corner of the net with just two-and-a-half minutes showing on the clock. Neither team managed to find the game-winning in regulation, sending the game into overtime.

Quinnipiac pressed forward in the two 10-minute overtimes, but was unable to find the game-winner. Blackbirds' goalkeeper Nathan Stockie was strong between the posts, turning aside 15 shots in the match, four in the overtime stanzas. On the other end of the pitch, sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) made four saves to help preserve the 2-2 draw.    

The Bobcats boasted 29 shots compared to just 13 from LIU, and earned eight more corner kicks than the Blackbirds (9-1). Quinnipiac is now 3-8-4 all-time against LIU Brooklyn.

QU is back in action on Thursday, October 11 with a make-up game against Monmouth University. The Bobcats and Hawks square off at 3:30 at the QU Soccer Field.

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.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu