LORETTO, Pa. – Senior William Cavallo (Londonderry, N.H.) scored his first goal of the season and sophomore Machel Baker (Spanish Town, Jamaica) scored for the second consecutive game, as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team topped Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-0, at DeGol Field on Friday afternoon. In a marquis match-up that featured the NEC's fourth and fifth ranked teams, Quinnipiac now soars into a two-way tie for second place with 16 points, currently trailing Fairleigh Dickinson by just one point.
Quinnipiac, now 7-5-2 overall and 5-1-1 in league play, moves ahead of Monmouth and into a tie with Central Connecticut for the time-being. All three teams still have to take the field tonight. Saint Francis (Pa.) falls to 5-7-4 overall, 3-3-2 in conference competition, and will need a strong finish to remain in playoff contention.
The Bobcats wasted little time opening the game's scoring summary, as the Londonderry, N.H. tandem of Cavallo and Robbie McLarney (Londonderry, N.H.) generated an early 1-0 Bobcat lead. McLarney found Cavallo camped out just outside of the 18-yard box, who blasted a shot with just enough power to beat the Red Flash goalkeeper, Daniel Valcicak.
Quinnipiac controlled the majority of the possession and created better chances in the first half. The Bobcats put five shots on frame opposed to two from the Red Flash, and carried the one-goal advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Following the intermission, Baker quickly joined the scoring column on a very unusual play. Sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) cleared the ball from the QU territory, where Baker managed to collect it and chip a shot over Valcicak for a 2-0 advantage for the visitors. Baker picked up his second career goal, while Angoitia was credited with his first career assist on the play.
Two goals were more than enough for Angoitia and the Bobcat defense, who picked up their third straight shutout in the decision. Since its 3-0 loss to Monmouth (10/11), Quinnipiac has not allowed a goal in 270 minutes of play. Furthermore, it marks the first time since October of 2009 that the Bobcats have posted clean sheets in three straight games. Angoitia recorded six saves in his seventh win of the season.
QU improved to 8-6-1 all-time against the Red Flash. The Bobcats are now unbeaten in their last four meetings, dating back to a 1-1 draw at Saint Francis (Pa.) in 2009.
The Bobcats will remain in Pennsylvania for the weekend and travel to Robert Morris for their 2012 regular-season road finale. Game time with the Colonials is set for 10 a.m.
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 is also 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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