MAAC’s Top Two Teams Square Off on Saturday Night; Men’s Soccer Travels to Monmouth
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-3-4, 4-0-1 MAAC)
Monmouth University Hawks (6-5-3, 5-0-1 MAAC)
Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 7 p.m.
The Great Lawn – West Long Branch, N.J.
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Battle of the Unbeaten
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (6-3-4, 4-0-1 MAAC) has caught fire at the right time this season and goes for its fifth straight win on Saturday, Oct. 26 in New Jersey. The Bobcats travel to Monmouth University (6-5-3, 5-0-1 MAAC) in a game that could leave one undefeated and another with its first loss. All the action begins at 7 p.m. at The Great Lawn in West Long Branch.
Quinnipiac's game against Monmouth will be streamed live on GoMUHawks.com, courtesy of Monmouth Athletics. Live stats will also be available for the contest.
Series History against Monmouth
The Hawks have fared well in the all-time series dating back to the inaugural meeting when QU first joined NCAA Division I. MU is 11-3-2 against QU and 7-0-2 in their last nine meetings.
Scouting the Hawks
On Wednesday night, Monmouth extended its winning streak to five straight games and its unbeaten streak to six in a 2-0 win against Saint Peter's. After a difficult non-conference slate that featured five losses, Monmouth, just like Quinnipiac, has enjoyed competition within the MAAC. The Hawks are 5-0-1 in conference play and join the Bobcats as the two remaining unbeaten teams. Monmouth features a balanced attack with eight players in the scoring column this season, but has seen most of its offense from Jacob Rubinstein and Dave Nigro. They each have three goals and one assist, which include two game-winners from Rubinstein. In goal for the Hawks, Eric Klenofsky has emerged as the starter at the strength of a 0.30 goals against average and a .857 save percentage.
Last Time out against Manhattan
In its most recent outing, the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team defeated Manhattan College, 2-0, in Riverdale, N.Y. The Bobcats scored two goals in the first half and never looked back in their second MAAC road win of the season.
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 16 points, while the Bobcats are right behind them with 13 points.
The Bobcats have won four straight games dating back to their win at Niagara (10/12). The Bobcats have allowed just one goal during that spell.
Since its loss to Hartford (9/24), Quinnipiac has not lost a game in six tries. The Bobcats are 5-0-1 during the stretch.
You Can't lose If They Don't Score
The Bobcats' defense has posted clean sheets in seven of its last nine games - against the Holy Cross (9/14), Army (9/18), Yale (9/28), Iona (10/5), Niagara (10/12), Marist (10/16) and Manhattan (10/23). Quinnipiac is tied for 17th in the nation in shutout percentage.
NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was ranked third in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Soccer North Atlantic Regional Poll.
Pure Dead Brilliant
Scotland native Sam Nicol has two goals and an assist in his last two games for the Bobcats. Nicol scored the game's first goal against Canisius (10/19) and then assisted on the game-winner that same day as well. He followed that performance with a goal at Manhattan (10/23) – which eventually proved to be the game-winner. Nicol has two career goals and four career assists.
Baker Chips In
Machel Baker scored his third goal of the season in the win against Manhattan (10/23). Baker tallied a goal and an assist against Providence (8/30); scored again against Boston College (9/2); then tallied an assist in the game against Lafayette (9/7); and then scored against the Jaspers. Baker has five goals and four assists for his career.
Vancura Gets The Nod
After starting in goal the last two games, senior Jason Vancura has two victories and a shutout for the Bobcats. Vancura made seven saves in the victory, including five in the second half, against Canisius (10/19) and then made five saves against Manhattan (10/23) to earn his first career shutout. He owns a career 0.480 goals against average.
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.
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.
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.
Angoitia in the Record Books
Borja Angoitia continues to climb upwards in Quinnipiac's all-time record books. He currently finds himself standing alone in second place in three career statistical categories at QU. He is second in career shutouts (12) and goals against average (1.24), and third all-time in wins (20).
Quinnipiac is back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 30 with a home game against Fairfield. The Bobcats and the Stags take the field for a 2 p.m. tilt at the QU Soccer Field in Hamden.