EASTON, Pa. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team needed a late goal to do it, but nevertheless earned a point on the road with a 1-1 draw at Lafayette College on Saturday afternoon. It marked the second-straight draw through double overtime for the Bobcats, who concluded their three-game, season-opening road trip with a 0-1-2 record.
"Today was a very good competitive match for us," said 2012 Coach of the Year Eric Da Costa. "The play was spirited and, statistically speaking, very even. We had some very good runs of possession and a few clean looks at goal. Our boys showed great spirit to get themselves what they deserved immediately after conceding (the game's first goal)."
It was a defensive stalemate all the way until the 86th minute of play when both goals were scored just seconds apart. Lafayette struck first when Nate Arronson connected with Jeff McLaughlin for a 1-0 lead, but saw its lead vanish quickly just 23 seconds later.
Midfielder Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) was Quinnipiac's savior in this one, as the senior co-captain erased a 1-0 deficit with his third goal of the season. With the Leopard goalkeeper out of position, Hinde received a pass from Machel Baker (Spanish Town, Jamaica) and placed a shot towards goal. In a last-ditch effort to preserve the shutout, a Lafayette defender sprinted after the ball in attempt to clear – but couldn't keep the ball from crossing the line. The 1-1 deadlock would hold up after an additional 20 minutes of soccer.
Each team mustered seven shots throughout the contest, with Quinnipiac holding a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks. Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) made four saves on the day, while his counterpart, Nathan McDonald, turned aside three shots for the Leopards.
With the result, Quinnipiac remains unbeaten in the all-time series with Lafayette. The Bobcats, now 1-0-1 against the Leopards, defeated LC last year in the series opener by a final count of 3-1. Baker has two assists in two games against the Patriot League foe.
The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 11 with their 2013 home-opener from the QU Soccer Field. Quinnipiac welcomes Loyola (Md.) to Hamden for a 4 p.m. start.
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