September 26, 2013

Men’s Soccer Wraps Up Non-Conference Play at Yale on Saturday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-3-3, 0-0 MAAC)
Yale University Bulldogs (1-5-0, 0-0 Ivy League)
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 7 p.m.
Reese Stadium - New Haven, Conn.
 

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The Cross-Town Showdown
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (1-3-3, 0-0 MAAC) had this game pinpointed from the time the 2013 schedule was released. On Saturday night, September 28th, the Bobcats will travel across the town border and into New Haven to face longstanding rival, Yale University (1-5-0, 0-0 Ivy League). Quinnipiac's last non-conference game will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium. 

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Yale will be available via live stream courtesy of the Ivy League Digital Network. There is a one-time fee of $9.95 to watch the game while live stats will also be available free of charge. Both links can be accessed on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or www.YaleBulldogs.com

Series History against Yale
The Bulldogs have controlled the all-time series with Quinnipiac, winning nine of the 11 encounters. Quinnipiac worked its way to back-to-back ties in 2009 and 2010, but has since been dealt two one-goal losses in their last two meetings. Yale defeated the Bobcats last year, 1-0. 

Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale has struggled early on in the 2013 season, suffering five losses in its first six games. Most recently, the Bulldogs made it four straight losses after consecutive setbacks in California to UC Santa Barbara (1-3) and Cal Poly (2-3). Senior Peter Jacobson has all four goals for the Bulldogs which includes a hat trick in the team's 4-1 win over Sacred Heart two weeks ago. Jacobson also factored in the team's fourth goal with an assist on the play. On the other side of the ball, junior Blake Brown has logged every minute in net for the Bulldogs. He has allowed 11 goals on 27 shots faced, resulting in a 0.593 saves percentage.   

Last Time out against Hartford
The Bobcats dropped its final non-conference home game on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 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. 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 Streak
The Bobcats' defense, led by goalkeeper Borja Angoitia, posted consecutive clean sheets against the Holy Cross (9/14) and Army (9/18). Angoitia recorded a season-high 10 saves and garnered his eighth career shutout against the Black Knights. He had his shutout streak of 263 minutes snapped in the 56th minute against Hartford (9/24).   

Angoitia in the Record Books
Angoitia continues to climb upwards in Quinnipiac's all-time record books. Angoitia's eight shutouts has him in sole possession of second place all-time in the category, and his 17 career wins are good enough for third all-time in that category. He is also fourth all-time in goals against average (1.36). 

Not Once, But Twice
For the second consecutive week, Borja Angoitia has been named the MAAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the week leading up to Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Angoitia was sensational in Quinnipiac's lone game of the week, helping the Bobcats to a 0-0 draw through double overtime against Army. 

Baker, Hinde Lead Attack
Simon Hinde and Machel Baker have accounted for all six goals through Quinnipiac's first seven 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). 

MAAC Defensive Player of the Week
Borja Angoitia was named the MAAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the week leading up to Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Angoitia posted 10 saves in a 1-1 week for the Bobcats. In the first game of the week against Loyola (Md.) (9/11), Angoitia made 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 (9/14). Angoitia made two saves in the first half and one in the second to preserve the shutout. 

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. 

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 against Lafayette, 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. 

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 56-64-29 overall (.474) 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)

Looking Ahead
The all-important Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule begins on the first weekend in October. Quinnipiac hopes that a hot start is in store as the Bobcats host three of their first four MAAC opponents. QU welcomes Iona for its conference-opener on Saturday, October 5 before hitting the road for a clash with the reigning MAAC champion, Niagara (10/12). The following week consists of home games against Marist (10/16) and Canisius (10/19). Both matches are set for 4 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field.