Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-1, 0-0 MAAC)
Boston College Eagles (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Monday, September 2, 2013 – 5 p.m.
Newton Campus Soccer Field – Newton, Mass.
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The Quinnipiac men's soccer team returns to the field on Monday, Sept. 2 with its second game of the 2013 season. The Bobcats will have their hands full as the squad travels to Newton, Mass. for a showdown with the Boston College Eagles at Newton Campus Field. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
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Fans who can't make the trip on Monday can follow all the action live through multimedia links online. Live stats are available for Quinnipiac's match against Boston College on Monday evening.
QU's First Time Out
Despite a goal apiece from Machel Baker and Simon Hinde, the Bobcats couldn't overcome a two-goal deficit in the second half and fell short to Providence College by a final count of 3-2 at Glay Field on PC's campus. Quinnipiac (0-1) was led by its junior striker, Baker, who registered a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Hinde recorded the other goal for the Bobcats, who saw contributions from four new faces on the field. Tobi Esche, Raphael Carvalho, Ryan Scheiderman and Ashton Pett made their collegiate debuts for Quinnipiac.
BC's First Time Out
Senior Chris Ager scored both Boston College goals - including the game-winner with 34 seconds left in the first overtime - to lead the men's soccer team past Boston University, 2-1, last Friday night at Nickerson Field. It was the first time in his career that Ager scored two goals in the same match. Junior Diego Medina-Mendez assisted on his first score while sophomore Derrick Boateng and freshman Zeiko Lewis helped out on the second.
All-Time Against Boston College
Quinnipiac holds a 1-7 mark all-time against Boston College in a series that dates back to the 2005 campaign. The Bobcats lone win came in the beginning of the 2007 season, when Quinnipiac defeated BC, 2-1, in Chestnut Hill. Last season, Quinnipiac trailed 2-0 after the first half of play, but closed the gap to one after a tally in the 59th minute. That was a close as they would come though, as BC clamped down and prevailed with the 2-1 victory.
Scouting the Eagles
The Eagles finished last season at 8-6-5 and advanced to their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament where they lost to Northeastern in the first round. The Boston College men's soccer team has been selected to finish eighth in the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll, according to a vote of the league's 12 head coaches. The Eagles have nine newcomers to its 2013 roster, a group that features five freshmen and four transfers.
MAAC Preseason Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was tabbed sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced by the league office on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Rk. Teams (Pts.)
1. Monmouth (111)
2 Iona (110)
3. Fairfield (97)
4. Niagara (78)
5. Siena (76)
6. Quinnipiac (72)
7. Canisius (48)
8. Marist (46)
9. Saint Peters (34)
10. Manhattan (30)
11. Rider (24)
MAAC/College Sports Madness Preseason Honors
Goalkeeper Borja Angoitia earned preseason recognition with a trip to the College Sports Madness MAAC Preseason and the MAAC Preseason teams. Angoitia started in all 18 games last year, posting a 10-5-2 record and a total of five shutouts. He also finished with a microscopic 1.12 goals against average and a .788 save percentage.
Quinnipiac graduated a good portion of its arsenal on the offensive end, but returns its entire line behind the ball. Brandon Strain-Goode leads the unit with the most experience under his belt. Strain-Goode has started in every game since joining the squad back in 2010, which included 18 last season. Also joining the backline for a second year are sophomores Erik Panzer and Stevenson Hawkey. Panzer and Hawkey each played a significant role for Quinnipiac as freshmen in 2012.
The Bobcats' attack returns three forwards and six midfielders from last year's squad. Juniors Machel Baker and Ola Ogunjobi led all returning forwards with two goals apiece. Baker netted goals last season against Mount St. Mary's (Oct. 21) and Saint Francis (Pa.) (Oct. 26). Ogunjobi netted a big goal for the Bobcats on Sept. 30 against St. Francis (N.Y.) by heading in the Bobcats' second goal in a 3-2 victory. Simon Hinde will anchor the midfield after finishing second on the team in 2012 with seven assists, which leads all returners. These three will look to help fill the void left by departed All-Conference performers Phillip Surprise (nine goals, two assists), William Daniels (six goals, one assist) and Robbie McLarney (four goals, seven assists).
2012 Regular-Season Title
The 2012 Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (10-5-3, 8-1-1 NEC) won six straight games to close out the regular-season and claimed their first title in program history. Quinnipiac went on to host the NEC Tournament but fell short in the semifinals by virtue of penalty kicks to conclude the campaign.
Coach of the Year
Head Coach Eric Da Costa is currently 55-61-26 overall (.479) and 33-29-14 (.526) in conference competition. Da Costa led the Bobcats to the regular-season title and was named Coach of the Year by his peers.
Quinnipiac in the Postseason
The Bobcats made their fifth NEC playoff appearance last year. The Bobcats lone win came back in 2009 when they outlasted the Terriers in penalty kicks to advance to the championship game.
The Bobcats won six straight games to close out the regular-season, outscoring their opponents 15-2 in the process. The six game winning-streak was the longest in the Division I era, and the most since the 1993 campaign.
NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team consistently found its name in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Soccer North Atlantic Regional Poll last season. The Bobcats climbed to as high as fourth in the regional census.
There's A First for Everything
Erik Panzer and Machel Baker each collected their first career goals last year in the win against Mount St. Mary's (10/21). Panzer provided the game-winner in the 36th minute, while Baker added some insurance in the 50th minute of play.
Ward On Board
Justin Ward recorded his first career goal for the Bobcats last season against the Bulldogs of Bryant University (10/14). Ward finished off a play in the 90th minute, granting him his first points in a Bobcat uniform.
All Hail Hawkey
Stevenson Hawkey netted his first career goal last year 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.
One of the Best
Philip Suprise concluded his career in 2012, and will have his name embedded in the record-books for quite some time. With his the tally in the NEC Semifinals against Saint Francis University, he moved into eighth place all-time in goals (26), ninth place all-time in points (61), and remains in one assist shy of cracking top 15 all-time.
Brian Vincent Alumni Game
The Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation honored Brian Vincent, class of 1986, on September 22, 2012, a beloved member of the QU community who passed away in February of 2011. Vincent was a soccer hall of famer who always treasured the opportunity to come back to play in the annual alumni soccer game. The endowment will be used to fund the Brian Vincent '86 Memorial Men's Soccer Alumni Game each year.
Former Quinnipiac University men's soccer goalkeeper Freddy Hall made his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut with Toronto FC on August 25, 2012. Hall was the first player in Quinnipiac history to sign an MLS contract.
The Bobcats remain on the road to complete its three-game road trip next weekend. Quinnipiac heads to Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 7 for a 2 p.m. start in Easton, Pa.