Men’s Soccer Travels to Manhattan on Wednesday Night for MAAC Clash

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-3-4, 3-0-1 MAAC)
Manhattan College Jaspers (2-8-1, 2-1-1 MAAC)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 7 p.m.
Gaelic Park - Riverdale, N.Y.

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QU To The City
Fresh off a 2-1 victory over Canisius, the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (5-3-4, 3-0-1 MAAC) looks to remain unbeaten in MAAC play on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Bobcats travel to Manhattan College (2-8-1, 2-1-1 MAAC) for a tri-state clash with the Jaspers from Gaelic Park in Riverdale, N.Y. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Manhattan will be streamed live on JasperVision, courtesy of Manhattan Athletics. Live stats will also be available for the contest. 

Series History against Manhattan
Quinnipiac and Manhattan have met just twice since the Bobcats joined the NCAA's highest division back in 1998. The first meeting was back in 2005 when Quinnipiac claimed a 2-1 victory in Hamden. The second meeting took place a year later, in which the Jaspers evened the series with a 2-1 triumph of their own. 

Scouting the Jaspers
Standing just 2-8-1 overall, the Manhattan men's soccer team was eager to see conference play begin three weeks ago. The Jaspers boasted a 0-7 record through non-conference play, but has since seen gone 2-1-1 against MAAC opposition. The Jaspers have a tie against Canisius (0-0), wins against Fairfield (5-2) and Saint Peter's (1-0), and most recently suffered a setback to Rider (1-0) – by virtue of a late goal in the 82nd minute of play. Manhattan's offense is led by Dan Laguna Kennedy who has five goals on the season, three coming against conference opponents. On the other side of the ball, Alex Coates McDowall has seen almost every minute in net for the Jaspers. He has a 1.91 goals against average and a .667 saves percentage.  

Last Time out against Canisius
The Quinnipiac men's soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to five straight games with a 2-1 victory over Canisius College (10/19) at the QU Soccer Field. Two first half goals proved to be the difference as the Bobcats held on for their third win at home this year. 

Atop the Table
The two newcomers to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University, serve as the lone unbeaten teams in league play. The Hawks have played one more game than the Bobcats and sit at the top of the table with 13 points, while the Bobcats are right behind them with 10 points. 

Pure Dead Brilliant
Scotland native Sam Nicol posted a team-high in points against Canisius (10/19), recording a goal and an assist in the win. In the 2-1 victory, Nicol found the top-left corner with a right-footed blast from 22-yards out for a 1-0 lead, and then helped out on the second goal with an assist. Nicol had the first of two consecutive passes that led to Quinnipiac's second goal, which eventually proved to be the game-winner. Nicol collected his first career goal and his fourth career assist in the game.  

Doig Dishin' Out Dimes
James Doig collected his third career assist against Canisius (10/19). He leads the team in assists and is tied for fifth overall in the MAAC.  

Vancura Gets The Nod
Senior Jason Vancura garnered his first career start and win in net against Canisius (10/19). Vancura made seven saves in the victory, which included five in the second half. He owns a career 0.94 goals against average. 

You Can't lose If They Don't Score
The Bobcats' defense has posted clean sheets in six of its last eight games - against the Holy Cross (9/14), Army (9/18), Yale (9/28), Iona (10/5), Niagara (10/12) and Marist (10/16). Quinnipiac is tied for 17th in the nation in shutout percentage. 

He Shoots, He Scores
Simon Hinde scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season against Canisius (10/19), which has him ranked amongst the national and MAAC leaders. He has goals against Providence (8/30), Boston College (9/2), Lafayette (9/7), Holy Cross (9/14), Yale (9/28), Niagara (10/19) and the Golden Griffins. 

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was ranked 10th in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Soccer North Atlantic Regional Poll. 

Tobi Scores First Career Goal
Tobi Esche scored his first career goal against Marist (10/16) to lift the Bobcats to their second MAAC win this season. James Doig whipped in a cross from the left corner where Esche darted to the near post to flick a header into the top right corner for the game's lone goal.

Looking Ahead
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 26 with a crucial MAAC showdown against Monmouth. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the The Great Lawn in West Long Branch, N.J.