First Round NCAA Tournament Clash Set; Men’s Soccer Heads to No. 10 UConn on Thursday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4-7, 7-1-2 MAAC)
No. 10 University of Connecticut Huskies (11-2-6, 4-0-4 AAC)
Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Joseph J. Morrone Stadium – Storrs, Conn.

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team is set to open play in the 2013 NCAA Division I Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 21 right down the road in Storrs. The Bobcats drew nationally-ranked No. 10 UConn (11-2-6, 4-0-4 American Athletic Conference) in the first round, which will take place at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The winner of the game will take on American East Champion and nationally-ranked No. 6 UMBC on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship will be the 55th edition of the tournament under its present format. The four team College Cup finals tournament will be held at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania on December 13 and 15, 2013. The second round will take place on Nov. 24, the third round on Dec. 1 and the quarterfinals on Dec. 6-8. The Indiana Hoosiers are the defending champions.

 

Quinnipiac finished its season with an overall record of 9-4-7 and captured the MAAC Championship by way of penalty kicks against top-seeded Monmouth. The Bobcats and the Hawks battled through 110 minutes of scoreless soccer and needed penalty kicks to decide the outcome. The Bobcats cashed in on four attempts and junior goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) stopped the Hawks' final attempt to seal the victory.

The tournament victory is Quinnipiac's first in the Division I era and second since 1987 when the Bobcats, then Braves, clinched the Northeast-10 Conference Championship with a 2-0 win over Bentley. With a win on Thursday, Quinnipiac looks to match last year's total of 10 wins, which matched a Division I program record. 

UConn battled South Florida to a 0-0 tie Sunday afternoon in the American Athletic Conference Championship final, but fell to the Bulls, 6-5, in a penalty kick shootout. With the draw, the Huskies moved to 11-2-6 in 2013, but have consistently been ranked amongst the nation's top teams. Connecticut cruised to two victories in its first two games of the 2013 AAC tournament, out-scoring SMU and UCF by a combined 7-0 margin. Freshman Cyle Larin, who was named the conference Rookie of the Year, scored in seven of UConn's last nine matches and leads The American with 11 overall goals. Larin recorded the game-winner against UCF on Friday night, finding the back of the net at the 7:13 mark.

UConn Head coach Ray Reid, who is in his 17th year at the helm of the Huskies, has led Connecticut to four of its seven conference titles. His squad last took home a tournament championship in 2007 when UConn defeated Notre Dame, 2-0, to earn its final BIG EAST Championship. Reid has a 392-96-60 career record.

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