Men’s Soccer Hosts Iona for Inaugural MAAC Game on Saturday; Available Live on YouTube

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-3-3, 0-0 MAAC)
Iona College Gaels (3-4-1, 0-0 MAAC)
Saturday, October 5, 2013 – 3 p.m.
QU Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.
 

Multimedia vs. Iona
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Quinnipiac Game Notes


Welcome to the MAAC
Fresh off a nice road win at Yale, the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (2-3-3, 0-0 MAAC) returns to action with its inaugural Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The Bobcats are set to host Iona College (3-4-1, 0-0 MAAC) at the QU Soccer Field for a 3 p.m. tilt on Mount Carmel Campus. 

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Iona College 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 Iona
The series dates back to Quinnipiac's very first Division I season and features several close games between the two programs. The Bobcats hold a 2-1-1 record against the Gaels, which includes an overtime win in 1998 and a convincing 3-1 win in 2009. However, Quinnipiac is still searching for its first win in Hamden, standing at 0-1-1 when playing on its home turf.   

Scouting the Gaels
The Iona College men's soccer team contains the third most wins amongst MAAC teams after non-conference competition. At 3-4-1, the Gaels recently wrapped up non-conference play last weekend in fine fashion by defeating Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-1, to snap a three-game skid dating back to Sept. 14. Led by Franklin Castellanos, Iona boasts one of the league's top offenses averaging 1.38 goals per contest. Castellanos leads the team with four goals and five assists which have him ranked within the top three among MAAC players. On the other side of the ball, Quinnipiac will face goalkeeper Julian Petrello who vaunts a 1.22 goals against average and a .767 save percentage. He has logged every minutes between the posts for Iona this season. 

Last Time out against Yale
Quinnipiac enters MAAC competition on a high note, as the Bobcats defeated Yale University, 1-0, in their most recent match at Reese Stadium in New Haven. The victory marked Quinnipiac's first win against the Bulldogs since the bitter rivalry began back in 1998. Simon Hinde led the Bobcat attack with his fifth goal of the season.  

Baker, Hinde Lead Attack
Simon Hinde and Machel Baker have accounted for all seven goals for Quinnipiac this season. Hinde has five goals, scoring once against Providence (8/30), Boston College (9/2), Lafayette (9/7), Holy Cross (9/14) and Yale (9/28). 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). 

Keeping the Opposition off the Board
The Bobcats' defense, led by goalkeeper Borja Angoitia, has posted clean sheets in three of its last four games - against the Holy Cross (9/14), Army (9/18) and Yale (9/28). Angoitia recorded three saves against the Crusaders, a season-high 10 saves against the Black Knights, and then tallied two saves against the Bulldogs. 

Angoitia in the Record Books
Angoitia continues to climb upwards in Quinnipiac's all-time record books. Angoitia's nine shutouts has him in sole possession of second place all-time in the category, and his 18 career wins are good enough for third all-time in that category. He is also third all-time in goals against average (1.33). 

Doig and Panzer Lend a Helping Hand
James Doig and Erik Panzer played large role in Quinnipiac's latest win, assisting on Simon Hinde's goal. The Bobcats earned a corner kick on the right side of the field, where Doig lined up a left-footed strike from the triangle. Doig whipped the cross into the box; Panzer rose up and knocked the ball down with his head to Hinde; who ripped a half-volley into the far left corner of the net. Doig was credited with his first career assist while Panzer earned his second. 

Not Once, But Twice
Borja Angoitia was 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. It was his second straight weekly laurel. 

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. 

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. 

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 57-64-29 overall (.476) 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. 

2012 Regular-Season Title
The 2012 Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (10-5-3, 8-1-1 NEC) won six straight games to close out the regular-season and claimed their first title in program history. Quinnipiac went on to host the NEC Tournament but fell short in the semifinals by virtue of penalty kicks to conclude the campaign. 

Quinnipiac in the Postseason
The Bobcats made their fifth NEC playoff appearance last year. The Bobcats lone win came back in 2009 when they outlasted the Terriers in penalty kicks to advance to the championship game. 

Looking Ahead
Quinnipiac hits the road for a clash with the reigning MAAC champion, Niagara, on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Niagara Field in Niagara University, N.Y.