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HAMDEN, Conn. – Reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) posted his second consecutive clean sheet on Wednesday evening as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team battled Army to a 0-0 tie through double-overtime at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. The Bobcats improved to 1-2-3 on the season, while for the Black Knights, it snapped their five-game winning streak to start the 2013 campaign (5-0-1).
In a very physical match between two defensive-minded squads, chances on the offensive end actually came quite often. Evidenced by a 16-14 QU advantage in shots and a 10-7 QU edge on corner kicks, both teams certainly had their opportunities to get on the scoreboard. However, two of the region's best goalkeepers shined in this one – Angoitia and Army's Winston Bolt – leaving a scoreless deadlock at the end of 110 minutes of action.
Angoitia recorded his second shutout of the season at the strength of 10 saves - a season-high - which lowered his goals against average to 1.05 and upped his saves percentage to .811 for the season. Angoitia collected his eighth career clean sheet, moving him into sole possession of second place on the all-time list. His counterpart, Bolt, earned his sixth straight shutout to start the season making five saves in the game.
"It's a team (Army) that grinds it out and finds a way to win, but they weren't able to do that today," said head coach Eric Da Costa. "So for us that is a major positive moving forward - we played a team that was confidence and playing well - and we didn't play our best but still walked away with a clean sheet and a draw."
However, Quinnipiac nearly escaped with the victory when two tremendous opportunities came about in overtime. In the first extra frame, it was Raphael Carvalho (Danbury, Conn.) who had a chance when the ball deflected out to his foot at the top of the 18-yard box. Carvalho ripped a shot towards net, but saw his attempt redirected away by a desperation save from Bolt. In the second overtime, freshman midfielder James Doig (Liverpool, England) found himself inside of the penalty area with the ball at his feet and some room to maneuver. Doig sent a shot towards the goal but had his effort denied by Bolt, which proved to be Quinnipiac's last legitimate scoring chance of the contest.
With the result, Quinnipiac remains unbeaten in the all-time series with the Black Knights (3-0-1). 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 back in 2009.
Army's five game winning-streak to start a season was the program's best record through five games in team history. Its six consecutive shutouts to open a season is a program record.
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.
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