The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team kicks off its final regular-season road weekend Friday night when they travel to Mount St. Mary's. The Bobcats and the Mountaineers are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Waldron Family Stadium. In their last outing, the Bobcats defeated Wagner, 4-2, on Oct. 18.
Scouting the Mountaineers
Mount St. Mary's holds a 5-8-2 overall record this season and a 3-2-1 record in the Northeast Conference, good for sixth place in the rankings. The Mountaineers most recently dropped a 1-0 contest at Robert Morris on Oct. 18. Senior forward Emily Menotti currently leads the team offensively, putting up 12 points (5 goals, 2 assists) this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Alicia Miller has appeared in all 15 games for the Mount this year, posting a .806 save percentage.
All Time Against the Mount
The Bobcats hold a 6-1-3 advantage over the Mount in the past ten seasons, most recently tying, 2-2, last season on Oct. 12 at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. Forward Kristina Del Mistro (East Williston, N.Y.) opened up the scoring for the Bobcats, tying the game at 1-1 in the 35th minute of play on a pass from Susan Donovan (Cork, Ireland). Amber Sidoti (Farmington, Conn.) pushed the game into overtime as she scored the 2-2 tying goal with two minutes left to play in regulation. Quinnipiac goalkeeper Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) made three saves in the game.
The Bobcats are unbeaten in October, recording a 4-0-1 record with three games left to play in the month. Quinnipiac last registered a loss on Sept. 27 when they fell, 3-2, to conference leader Central Connecticut. The Bobcats have earned a 4-1-1 conference record thus far, tying them in third place with Robert Morris.
Senior Lindsay Oliveri (Waltham, Mass.) scored her first career goal in the 4-2 victory against Wagner on Oct. 18. The forward notched the insurance goal in the 74th minute of play, giving the Bobcats the 4-2 lead. Sophomore Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) took the initial shot from the right side that bounced off a Wagner defender back into the scorer's box. Oliveri collected the loose ball and tapped it into the open left corner for the goal.
Quinnipiac earned all three weekly honors in the eighth week of competition from the NEC. Velaj was named Player of the Week for the second time this season after recording one goal and four assists in the 2-0 weekend against Long Island and Wagner. Freshman Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) was named Rookie of the Week after her six point performance of two goals and two assists while goalkeeper Biz Cook (Appleton, Wis.) was named Defensive Player of the Week after recording both wins in net for Quinnipiac, picking up her third shutout of the season against Long Island on Oct. 16. It was the first time that Cook and Strassner earned a weekly award from the conference.
1, 2, 3, 4...We Want More!
Strassner recorded a career-high of four points in the game against Wagner on Oct. 18. The midfielder dished out the first two assists of her career in the game, helping the Bobcats to the 4-2 victory. The freshman also scored the game opening goal in the 18th minute of play on a corner kick opportunity. Velaj set up for the kick and sent a high arc into a mass of players in front of the net where Strassner jumped up to connect with a header into the upper right corner for her fourth goal of the season. She currently ranks second on the team in goals (4), assists (2) and points (10).
Just Tap It In
Senior forward Sidoti and freshman midfielder Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) each scored off a pass from Strassner on Oct. 18, boosting the Bobcats to the 4-2 victory against Wagner. Edwards scored her second of the season in the 36th minute of play, earning the 2-0 lead. Inside the 18-yard box, Strassner collected a loose ball and tipped to Edwards at the right side of the net where she tapped it just under the goalkeeper's hands into the bottom left corner of the net. Sidoti opened the second-half scoring in the 49th minute of play when she picked up a Strassner cross-pass from the left side and tipped it into the right corner for the 3-0 Quinnipiac lead. The goal was Sidoti's first of the season, and the tenth of her career.
Velaj picked up two assists in the victory against Wagner on Oct. 18, increasing her team-leading tally to seven on the year. The sophomore assisted to Strassner on the game-opening goal in the 18th minute of play, and later dished to Oliveri in the 74th minute of play for the senior's first career goal. Velaj ranks first in the NEC in points per game (1.91), goals per game (0.64), and assists per game (0.64).
Freshman keeper Cook remains undefeated in her five appearances in net for the Bobcats. The Wisconsin-native has played every minute of play in October, recording four wins and one tie. Cook currently ranks first in the NEC in save percentage (.870), and ranks second in goals-against average (0.56), and shutouts per game (0.61). The rookie has recorded three shutouts on the year.