HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team dropped its final non-conference home game on Tuesday afternoon, as the University of Hartford earned bragging rights in the all-time series with a 3-0 win at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. The Hawks improved to 6-5-2 against the Bobcats in a bitter rivalry that dates back to 1998.
Quinnipiac, now 1-3-3 on the season, wrapped up non-conference play in Hamden and has one more tune-up game before conference play commences. Hartford kept its undefeated season alive and improved to 6-0-2 on the season with the result.
Neither team managed to score in the first half, but it was Quinnipiac who generated the game's first chance. Within five minutes of the opening whistle, Quinnipiac strung a series of passes together down the right side of the field – which in turn resulted in the game's first opportunity. Brandon Strain-Goode (Toronto, Ontario) began the build-up with a pass to Machel Baker (Spanish Town, Jamaica), who then played a ball across the top of the 18-yard box to James Doig (Liverpool, England). Raphael Carvalho (Danbury, Conn.) was next in line and took a one-time blast towards goal - which seemed to have Hartford's goalkeeper, David MacKinnon, beat. Much to the dismay of Carvalho, the ball sailed just over the crossbar and out for a goal-kick. One of just two QU shots in the opening frame, the Bobcats carried a 0-0 score into the locker room at halftime.
Quinnipiac caught a break early on in the second half, when a Hartford player was dealt a red card in the 50th minute of play. Quinnipiac looked to take advantage of the extra man, however, it was Hartford who came to life on the offensive end. The Hawks buried three goals in the final 34 minutes, including two from Damion Lowe to up his total to three on the season.
In doing so, Hartford snapped QU goalkeeper Borja Angoitia's (Bilbao, Spain) scoreless streak at 263 minutes. Angoitia, Quinnipiac's second all-time leader in shutouts (8), was credited with three saves in the losing effort. MacKinnon earned his fifth shutout of the season and improved to 5-0-2 on the season.
"They put nine guys in behind the ball and it's our job to break that down," said Head Coach Eric Da Costa. "It's our job to keep the ball moving quickly to unbalance the team and find gaps to play into. I don't think we did a very good job of that."
The game featured 23 total fouls and seven cautions. Hartford mustered an 11-4 advantage in shots and each team lined up four corner kicks.
The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 28 with its final non-conference game of the season. Quinnipiac travels across the town border to Yale for a 7 p.m. start at Reese Stadium in New Haven.
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