October 12, 2012

Men's Soccer Travels To Bryant On Sunday

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-5-2, 2-1-1 NEC)
Bryant University Bulldogs (3-5-1, 1-3 NEC)
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 3 p.m.
Bulldogs Stadium - Smithfield, R.I.

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NEC Play Continues
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (4-5-2, 2-1-1 NEC) hits the road this weekend with a trip to Smithfield, R.I. The Sunday (Oct. 14) matinee features a showdown against the Bulldogs of Bryant University at Bulldogs Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

All-Time Against Bryant
A tale of two halves, the all-time series between the Bulldogs and the Bobcats features a 7-6 advantage for Bryant. However, after a 0-5 start to the rivalry, Quinnipiac has won six of the last eight meetings, including a 2-1 mark since Bryant joined the NCAA's Division back in 2009. 

Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant's 3-5-1 record may be a bit deceiving because of a daunting 2012 non-conference slate which includes losses to Florida International and Providence. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs' 1-3 mark in conference play is far from where 17th year head coach Seamus Purcell wants the team to be. Bryant fell to Saint Francis (Pa.), 1-0, defeated Robert Morris, 1-0, and most recently suffered back-to-back losses last weekend (Mount St. Mary's: 4-1 and Monmouth: 3-2 (2OT). Brett Larocque leads a struggling attack with three goals and one assist for seven points. 

Last Time Against Bryant
The Bobcats opened conference play with a 2-1 victory at the QU Soccer Field last season. William Daniels collected the game-winner in the 40th minute of play with a blast into the upper-right hand corner of the net. Daniel Pereira totaled three points on the afternoon, while Ola Ogunjobi chimed in with an assist. 

On The Air
Thursday's game against Monmouth can be heard live through the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN) by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  Live statistics will also be available. On Sunday, Bryant will provide a live video and statistics for the match, which also can be found at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  

One Away
Head Coach Eric Da Costa is one win shy of 50 for his career at Quinnipiac. Da Costa is 49-60-25 overall (.459) and 27-28-14 (.491) in Northeast Conference competition. 

All Hail Hawkey
Freshman Stevenson Hawkey netted his first career goal against LIU Brooklyn (10/7); a goal that couldn't have come at a better time. Trailing 2-1 with 2:30 seconds remaining in regulation, Hawkey connected on a blast from outside the 18-yard box to send the game into overtime. 

The International Connection
Junior Simon Hinde and freshman Erik Panzer worked together to produce the Bobcats first goal against LIU Brooklyn (10/7). Hinde, a native of Canberra, Australia, scored his first career goal off a feed from the Nelson, New Zealand native, Panzer. Hinde has four points at the strength of a goal and two assists, while Panzer collected his first collegiate point. 

Calm, Cool and Collected
Robbie McLarney put away his second and third goals of the season against the Terriers (9/30), lifting the team to its third win of the campaign. McLarney connected on two penalty kicks; one in the first half and one late in the second half, the eventual game-winner. The senior midfield has three goals and four assists in a Bobcats' uniform. 

Ola On The Board
Ola Ogunjobi's first goal of the season could not have come at a better time, as the sophomore forward helped the Bobcats to their first NEC win against St. Francis (N.Y.) (9/30). Ogunjobi snapped a header into the back of the net for the team's second goal of the game. He has five goals and one assist for his career. 

Atop The NEC
Philip Suprise ranks amongst the Northeast Conference leaders in several statistical categories. He ranks first in goals per game (0.60), second in points (13); tied for second in goals (6), and third in points per game (1.62). Furthermore on a national front, he ranks in the top-30 in goals and points per game.

Looking Ahead
The Bobcats then take a week off before hosting Mount St. Mary's on Sunday, October 21 at 3:30 p.m.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu