September 18, 2013

Men’s Soccer Welcomes Army on Wednesday; Game Available Live on YouTube

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-2-2, 0-0 MAAC)
Army Black Knights (5-0-0, 0-0 Patriot League)
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – 4 p.m.
QU Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.  

Multimedia vs. Army
Live Stats
Live Video
Quinnipiac Game Notes


Army Comes to QU
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (1-2-2, 0-0 MAAC) looks for its second straight win on Wednesday, Sept. 18 when the Bobcats host Army (5-0-0, 0-0 Patriot League) on Mount Carmel Campus. The non-conference clash is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field.    

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Army will be streamed live across the world on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by QBSN - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events". 

Series History against Army
Quinnipiac has owned the all-time series with Army, taking an unblemished 3-0 record into Wednesday's match. The first meeting between the two clubs was back in 2004 where the Bobcats scored in overtime to claim a 1-0 victory in Hamden. Quinnipiac made it two straight overtime wins against the Black Knights with a 3-2 victory in 2007, and then followed with a 1-0 triumph in their most recent meeting back in 2009. 

Scouting the Black Knights
Army enters with a perfect 5-0 record after wins against VMI (3-0), Manhattan (2-0), Air Force (1-0), Marist (2-0) and most recently Fordham (1-0). Freshman back Trase Stapley netted his first college goal in the 104th minute as Army outlasted the Rams, 1-0, in double overtime on Saturday night at Clinton Field in West Point. The Black Knights improved to 5-0 after the win, equaling their best start since 1997. Army's fifth consecutive shutout to open a season ties the most in program history, as it equals the mark set by the 1931 squad. Saturday's victory also marked the fourth match in which a freshman has tallied the game-winning goal, and the first contest in which a defender scored the deciding marker. Ethan Spivack and Nick Williams lead the offense with two goals apiece thus far, while Winston Boldt has 17 saves and has yet to concede a goal in net for the Black Knights. 

Last Time out against Holy Cross
Simon Hinde capitalized on a late penalty kick to lift the Bobcats over Holy Cross, 1-0, at the QU Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats bombarded the Crusaders' defense for nearly 80 minutes before finally breaking through. Quinnipiac worked the ball deep into Holy Cross territory and caught a well-deserved break with a hand ball in the box – resulting in a penalty kick. Hinde calmly approached the ball after the whistle and beat the Holy Cross goalkeeper to the bottom left corner for a 1-0 lead. Quinnipiac locked down on defense and held on for the one-goal victory. 

MAAC Defensive Player of the Week
After two stellar performances last week, Borja Angoitia was named the MAAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, announced Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 by the league's office. Borja Angoitia posted 10 saves in a 1-1 week for the Bobcats. In the first game of the week against 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Loyola (Md.), Angoitia made a season-high seven saves in an unfortunate 1-0 loss. Angoitia was stellar all match, but a breakaway goal in the 83rd minute proved to be the difference in the losing effort. Angoitia followed that performance with three saves and his first clean sheet of the season in a 1-0 win over Holy Cross. Angoitia made two saves in the first half and one in the second to preserve the shutout. 

Angoitia in the Record Books
Angoitia continues to climb upwards in Quinnipiac's all-time record books. He moved into a tie for second place on the career shutouts list (7) and also picked up his 17th career win, which is good enough for third all-time in the category. He is also fourth in all-time goals against average (1.36). 

Hinde's Hot Start
Simon Hinde lifted Quinnipiac to the team's first win of the season against Holy Cross (9/14), when he finished off his fourth goal of the campaign. Hinde's tally came on a penalty kick after a hand ball in the 18-yard box, as the Bobcats then held on for the three points. Hinde's marker was the fifth of his career, giving him a total of 14 points during his two-year stint with the Bobcats. 

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was ranked sixth in the second NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I North Atlantic Regional Poll, announced by the association on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings are an indicator of week-to-week status of qualified programs. 

College Sports Madness Player of the Week
Senior Simon Hinde was named to the College Sports Madness Men's Soccer MAAC Player of the Week, announced on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 by the website. Hinde was Quinnipiac's savior over the weekend, as the senior co-captain erased a 1-0 deficit in the 86th minute with his third goal of the season. With the Leopard goalkeeper out of position, Hinde received a pass from Machel Baker 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 - leaving a 1-1 deadlock. 

Baker, Hinde Lead Attack
Simon Hinde and Machel Baker have accounted for all six goals through Quinnipiac's first five games. Hinde has four goals, scoring once against Providence (8/30), Boston College (9/2), Lafayette (9/7) and Holy Cross (9/14). Baker tallied a goal and an assist against Providence (8/30); scored again against Boston College (9/2); and then tallied an assist in the game against Lafayette (9/7). 

That's Three for Nicol
Sam Nicol collected his third career assist against Boston College (Sept. 2) when he connected with Baker in the 12th minute of play. It was his first of the 2013 campaign. 

Coach of the Year
Head Coach Eric Da Costa is currently 55-63-28 overall (.478) and 33-29-14 (.526) in conference competition. Da Costa led the Bobcats to the 2012 regular-season title and was named Coach of the Year by his peers. 

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. 

Robbie McLarney Signs Overseas
Former Quinnipiac men's soccer midfielder Robbie McLarney signed to play professionally with Waterford United F.C. in the First Division of the League of Ireland on August 6, 2013. He played in the friendly against Crystal Palace, and then made his Blues debut in the win over Longford Town at the end of August.

Freddy Inks MLS Contract
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.  Hall made seven starts in the 2012 season.

Looking Ahead
The Bobcats are back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 24 with its final game of their current four-game home stand. Quinnipiac welcomes instate foe Hartford for a 4 p.m. start at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.