Games of the Regular Season
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team (5-7-3, 3-2-3 NEC) hosts their last two Northeast Conference games of the 2010 season at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field this weekend. The Bobcats face Sacred Heart (8-5-4, 4-2-2 NEC) on Friday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. and Fairleigh Dickinson (2-14, 2-6 NEC) on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.
Live stats for this weekend's games against the Pioneers and Knights will be available. To access the live stats, please click on the appropriate link on the women's soccer schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.
The Quinnipiac women's soccer team will honor nine seniors at Sunday's game against Fairleigh Dickinson. Awards will be presented to Amanda Bilas (Marshfield, Mass.), Caitlin Guarino (Exeter, N.H.), Jen Hartman (Cranston, R.I.), Kerry Heying (Exton, Penn.), Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.), Meagan McLoughlin (Rocky Hill, Conn.), Molly McNeil (Medfield, Mass.), Kyla Miles (Newton, Conn.), and Lauren Peacock (Hopedale, Mass.).
Quinnipiac is currently ranked sixth in the NEC, while Sacred Heart is ranked third and Fairleigh Dickinson is 10th. Leading the conference with 22 points is Long Island University. With two wins on the weekend, the Bobcats can clinch playoff berth. The NEC Tournament will be held on Friday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 7 at the highest seed.
Scouting Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart is currently 8-5-4 overall and 4-2-2 in conference play. In their most recent outing, the Pioneers beat Robert Morris, 4-0, on Oct. 24. The Pioneers also defeated NEC opponents Mount St. Mary's, 2-1, Wagner, 2-0, and Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-0, this season. Sacred Heart has tallied 25 goals and 21 assists in 17 games. Leading the Pioneers with 13 points is junior Amanda Stiles. The midfielder has four goals and five assists on the season. Juniors Samantha Kee and Lucy Gildein have each scored five goals. Senior Meghan Reichelt has started in every game for the Pioneers. She's allowed 17 goals and recorded 72 saves on the season. Sacred Heart is coached by Kim Banner, who's in her 6th season.
All-time with the Pioneers
Quinnipiac holds an overall record of 3-5-4 with Sacred Heart. In their most recent outing, the Bobcats tied the Pioneers in a scoreless match in 2009. Quinnipiac outshot Sacred Heart, 13-11, in the draw. In the 2008 season, Quinnipiac beat Sacred Heart, 3-0, on home turf. Furtuna Velaj, Meagan McLoughlin, and Chelsea Smith each tallied one goal in the shutout, while Jillian Kelley recorded five saves.
Fairleigh Dickinson is currently 2-14 on the season and 2-6 in the NEC. In their most recent match-up, the Knights lost to Saint Francis (Pa.), 3-2, on Oct. 24. Fairleigh Dickinson's two conference wins of the season are against Mount St. Mary's (1-0) and Robert Morris (2-1). The Knights have tallied seven goals on the season. Rashidah Sherman leads FDU with four goals and nine points. Noelle Harner leads the team in assists (3). Sage Dovale has played in three games for the Knights, making 16 saves, while Stephanie Tanzi has allowed 25 goals and recorded 76 saves in 14 games. Renee Montana has been the Knights' Head Coach since 2006.
All-time with the Knights
Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson have met 10 times in their all-time history, with the Bobcats holding a 6-3-1 advantage. In their most recent outing, the Bobcats beat FDU, 2-1, on Oct. 9, 2009. Quinnipiac goals were scored by Kemesha Woodfine and Furtuna Velaj, while Jennifer Arceneaux scored FDU's only goal of the game.
Monday Night Football
Quinnipiac is coming off a 1-0 lost at Harvard University on Monday, Oct. 25. The game's only goal was scored in the 102nd minute of play by Harvard sophomore Alexandra Conigliaro. Quinnipiac goalie Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) saw the first 25 minutes of action and recorded three saves, while senior Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.) saw 76 minutes, allowed one goal and made seven saves in her first match of the season.
Strassner Saves the Day
The Bobcats recently played Bryant to a 1-0 victory on Friday, Oct. 22. Sophomore midfielder Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal in the 61st minute of play. Strassner is second on the team in goals (4) and has tallied one assist on the season.
Junior forward Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) leads the Bobcats in points (14), goals (5) and assists (4). Close behind is sophomore Jillian Strassner with nine points, four goals and one assist on the season.
Kelley's A Keeper
Junior Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.), 4-6-3, has a 1.27 GAA and a .789 save percentage. Kelley's earned four shutouts this fall.
The Quinnipiac women's soccer team has an all-time record of 101-93-20 under Head Coach Dave Clarke.