FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team punched its ticket to the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats defeated Monmouth University in penalty kicks, 4-3, to claim its first MAAC Championship in program history.
The Bobcats, who improved to 9-4-7 overall, take the MAAC's automatic bid to the 2103 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. The Bobcats will learn who and where they will be playing when the 48-team field is announced during the NCAA's Men's Soccer Division I Selection Show on Monday, Nov. 18 at noon. The show can be seen be seen on live www.NCAA.com.
Commitment, passion, excellence and pride are the four pillars that Quinnipiac adheres to on a daily basis. For the Bobcats, all four of them shined through on Sunday as the Bobcats battled the league's top seed on Lessing Field. Quinnipiac persevered through 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, and for a second straight game needed penalty kicks to determine a winner. Once again, the Bobcats revealed their true character and resilience.
With the score knotted up at three-apiece in the shootout, Quinnipiac called upon Simon Brossier (Jallais, France) to break the deadlock. He calmly tucked a shot inside of the right post and set the stage for MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain). Angoitia stunned Monmouth's John Egan with a diving save to his right which clinched the victory for the Bobcats. Players from the bench and center field sprinted to Angoitia and the celebration began.
Deservingly so, Angoitia was named the MAAC Championship Most Valuable Player during the award ceremony. He made five saves on the day, none bigger than his final stop in the shootout. Angoitia kept Quinnipiac alive several times throughout the match and picked up his 10th shutout of the season which sets a new program-record for most shutouts in a season.
Quinnipiac led the league in shutouts (11), goals against average (0.63) and goals allowed (14) this season. The Bobcats entered this week in a tie for eighth place in the nation in shutout percentage and are 13th in goals against average.
Joining Angoitia on the MAAC All-Tournament team were Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia), Brandon Strain-Goode (Toronto, Ontario) and Tobi Esche (Bremen, Germany). The Bobcats had several strong individual performances throughout the weekend.
The result was long overdue for the Bobcats, who haven't beaten the Hawks in their last 10 tries. Although the game goes into the record-books as a draw, Quinnipiac moves onto the Division I NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Monmouth concludes its season with an 8-6-6 record.
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