October 4, 2009

Strassner's Overtime Goal Propels Women's Soccer To 1-0 Victory Against Bryant

HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) scored in double overtime to earn the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team a 1-0 victory against Bryant Sunday afternoon. Freshman goalkeeper Elizabeth Cook (Appleton, Wis.) earned the first shutout of the season for the Bobcats as their record improves to 2-5-1 overall and 1-1 in Northeast Conference play. The Bulldogs drop to 2-7 on their season, and 0-2 in the NEC.

Throughout regulation and into the first overtime, the majority of play was held in the midfield, with neither team seeing great opportunity to score. At the start of the second overtime period, however, each team came out firing and took it to the net.

In the 101st minute of play, Bryant's opportunity arose when Mary Green crossed from the right side to Kaitlyn Fare at the left post. Fare tried to capitalize on the quick cross and tipped the ball to the left side of the net where Cook dove down and knocked it out of bounds for the save that kept Quinnipiac alive.

The Bobcats wasted no time getting back into their offensive zone. Positioned at the top of the 18-yard box, Strassner collected a pass from the left side and sent it to Kristina Del Mistro (East Williston, N.Y.) at her right. Strassner dashed closer to the net where Del Mistro dished a pass back to her and Strassner connected for a high shot into the left side for the goal and the win. The goal was her second of the season, and the assist was Del Mistro's first of the year.

Cook recorded six saves in the shutout for Quinnipiac, while her counterpart Kelsi Jacob stopped ten shots by the Bobcats.

Quinnipiac returns to action Friday, Oct. 9, when they travel to Teaneck, N.J. to take on Fairleigh Dickinson. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.