HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team suffered its first Northeast Conference loss on Thursday afternoon, as the Bobcats were defeated by Monmouth University, 3-0, at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.
With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 4-5-2 overall and into a tie with their opposition (2-1-1) in the NEC standings. Monmouth improves to 7-3-2 overall.
Quinnipiac has typically been successful in the first half of play, scoring the game's first goal in four of their last five games. However, Thursday's afternoon affair did not feature the same result through 45 minutes of action. Monmouth pressed forward from the opening whistle and generated the game's first goal just seven minutes into the match. Matt Beverin created the Hawks' first chance with a long service from the right side of the field, which carried over the Bobcats' defense to the back-post. Waiting their patiently was Francois Navarro, who ripped a half-volley into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Just four minutes later, the three-time defending NEC champion was back on the attack again. Monmouth took advantage of what seemed to be some confusion in the Bobcats' backfield, resulting its second goal of the contest. Joseph Schmid lofted a ball to the top of the 18-yard box where Alex Weidman controlled the pass and slipped a shot underneath sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) for a 2-0 advantage. Offense was scarce from that point forward, as the two teams combined for a total of five shots (MU-3, QU-2) through the remainder of the first half.
After the break, the Bobcats looked to emulate its effort last time out where they erased a two-goal deficit in the second half. Unfortunately for Quinnipiac, the conference's top-ranked defense was unyielding and prevented the home team from gaining any sort of momentum. Navarro converted on a free-kick from just outside the penalty area to wrap-up the scoring summary, leaving a 3-0 final at the QU Soccer Field.
For the game, Quinnipiac outshot Monmouth, 8-7, but surrendered a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Angoitia made two saves on the afternoon, while his counterpart, Alex Blackburn; turned aside three in his seventh win of the season.
With the win, Monmouth improved to 4-2-2 all-time in Hamden, Conn.
The Bobcats will rest up for two days before heading Bryant University on Sunday, October 14. The Bobcats and Bulldogs square off at 3 p.m. at Bulldogs Stadium in Smithfield, R.I.
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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