Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 - 2:30 p.m.
No. 3 Quinnipiac University (7-7-3, 5-2-3 NEC) vs.
No. 2 Saint Francis (Pa.) University (14-4-1, 8-2 NEC)
at Fairleigh Dickinson, Teaneck, N.J.
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team travels to Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, Nov. 5 to take on Saint Francis (Pa.) University in the Northeast Conference Tournament semifinals. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the University Field in Teaneck, N.J, while Monmouth and Central Connecticut State will face off at Noon.
Live video of all the games of the Northeast Conference Women's Soccer Tournament can be viewed live at www.NortheastConference.tv. Live stats will also be available by clicking on the appropriate link on the women's soccer schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. Fans can also follow the action with live on-site updates from women's soccer at the championship specific twitter page (@necwsoccer).
The NEC Women's Soccer Tournament will take place on Friday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 7 hosted by top-seeded Long Island University. The games will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson at the University Field in Teaneck, N.J. The tournament kicks off at 12 p.m. with a semifinal game between first place Long Island and fourth seeded Central Connecticut State. The game will be followed with another semifinal match-up between number two Saint Francis and third-place Quinnipiac at 2:30 p.m. The winners of each game will play in the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m. The winner of the NEC Tournament will advance to the NCAA Tournament which begins with first round play on Nov. 12 and Nov. 14.
NEC Tournament History
Quinnipiac clinched the third seed in last season's playoffs after posting a 7-2-1 record in conference play. The Bobcats lost to the number two Hawks of Monmouth University on Nov. 9, 2009 in the first round of the NEC Tournament hosted by Central Connecticut State. The Hawks went on to win the Tournament with a 1-0 victory against regular season champion Central Connecticut State.
Scouting the Red Flash
Saint Francis finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-14-1 and at 8-2-0 in conference play. In their most recent outing, the Red Flash beat Wagner, 3-0, in a home contest on Oct. 31. Sophomore forward Tesa McKibben leads Saint Francis with 39 points, 15 goals, and nine assists on the season. Ba Maros de Carvalho leads the Red Flash in assists (11). Senior Goalkeeper Lauren Fearer has appeared in 14 games for Saint Francis, posting a .885 save percentage with a .70 goals against average. Fearer has earned seven shutouts on the season and allowed nine goals, while Brianna Butcher has played in eight games for the Red Flash and made 25 saves.
Last Time Against Saint Francis
In their last outing, the Red Flash beat the Bobcats, 3-0, in a conference match-up on Oct. 15 in Loretto, Pa. McKibben scored two goals in the contest, while Haleigh Dunyon and Maros de Carvalho each tallied an assist. The Bobcats scored an own goal in the defeat.
A Winning Weekend
The Bobcats went 2-0 last weekend at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field, with a 1-0 win against Sacred Heart on Friday, Oct. 29 and a 6-0 shutout against Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday, Oct. 31. In its game against Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac forward Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute of play. Quinnipiac scored its six goals from six different players against Fairleigh Dickinson. Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.), Furtuna Velaj, Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.), Aine McKeever (Derry City, Ireland), Lauren Peacock (Hopedale, Mass.) and Kristina Del Mistro (East Williston, N.Y) each tallied a goal in the win on Senior Day.
A Shutout Season
Quinnipiac goalkeeper Jillian Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) has earned six shutouts on the season. The junior posts a .806 save percentage with a 1.12 goals against average on the season. Kelley has allowed 19 goals and made 79 saves this fall.
Furtuna Velaj was named adidas/NEC Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 1 after tallying two goals and one assist on the weekend. Velaj also shared the NEC award on Sept. 20, 2010 with Central Connecticut State's Beth Lloyd, after compiling her fourth career hat-trick against Dartmouth. The junior currently leads the team with 19 points, seven goals and five assists.
Quinnipiac offense has tallied a total of 66 points this season, including 23 goals and 22 assists, coming from 10 different players.
ALL-TIME GAME-BY-GAME HISTORY
In NEC Championship Tournament (3-5)
DATE W/L SCORE OPPONENT
Nov. 6, 2009 L 0-1 Monmouth
Nov. 5, 2004 L 0-3 Central Connecticut State
Nov. 9, 2001 L 1-2 (2OT) Sacred Heart
Oct. 29, 2000 W 4-0 Monmouth^
Oct. 27, 2000 W 1-0 Long Island
Oct. 31, 1999 L 0-1 Long Island^
Oct. 29, 1999 W 1-0 Monmouth
Oct. 27, 1998 L 0-3 UMBC
^ - NEC Tournament Championship Game
Championship Game 1-1
Tournament Record Against...
Long Island 1-1
Central Connecticut 0-1
Sacred Heart 0-1
All-Time All-NEC Tournament Selections
2009 Jillian Strassner (First Team)
Hanne Walleck (Second Team)
2004 Kirsten van de Ven (First Team)
Laura van Leeuwen (Second Team)
2001 Elisa Goncalves (First Team)
Melissa Ganias (First Team)
Chandra Manuelpillai (First Team)
2000 Elisa Goncalves (First Team)
Melissa Gania (First Team)
Alison Jaquith (Second Team)
1999 Elisa Goncalves (First Team)
Maureen Anderson (First Team)
Lisa Horowitz (First Team)
Alison Jaquith (Second Team)
Theresa Domingo (Second Team)
1998 Maureen Anderson (First Team)
Lisa Horowitz (Second Team)
Kerri Wielgosh (Second Team)