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Quinnipiac (0-2-0) looked as if they would take an early lead in the 21st minute but after finding an opening in the Huskies defense, senior midfielder Raphael Carvalho struck his shot wide of the net. In the following minutes, the Bobcats continued to knock on the door, but could not challenge Northern Illinois goalkeeper, Andrew Glaeser. Senior forward Machel Baker put two shots wide and defensemen Stevenson Hawkey followed up with the same fate including a header in the 26th minute off net.
Moments later the Huskies were able to find a goal in exact same fashion that put Quinnipiac in a deficit in their opening game against Northwestern. Following a corner kick from Albert Levett, Northern Illinois senior defensemen Dusty Page put a header on goal. The Bobcats net minder, Borja Angoitia was able to save the first attack, but Chris Paton found the rebound and his first score of the season. Paton, a sophomore from Scotland, registered his first career goal as a Husky. Levett and Page were both credited with the first assist of their careers.
Physical play ensued after the score with six yellow cards given out before the conclusion of the first frame. Emotions began to heat up between the two squads as each team received three cards. Angoitia, one of the recipients, was able to show off some of his 2013 form as he robbed 2013 All-Mac Second Teamer Issac Kannah with an incredible toe save in the 40th minute. Following the save, Quinnipiac's Baker found the first Bobcats shot on goal with a strike from the top of the box. After a slight deflection, the Husky goalkeeper was able to stop the attempt in the 43rd minute.
The second half brought two more Northern Illinois goals. In the 59th minute, German freshman Len Henison found the back of the net on a well-placed shot from about 20 yards out on an assist from Paton. Down 2-0, a Bobcat foul was committed inside the box giving NIU senior Andrew Palumbo a penalty shot goal in the final minutes.
The Bobcats are back in action on Thursday, Sept. 4 with their 2014 home-opener from the QU Soccer Field. They will look to adjust and return to their 2013 form that helped lead them to a MAAC Conference Tournament title and an NCAA berth. Quinnipiac welcomes Boston College to Hamden for a 4 p.m. start.
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