Women's Soccer Plays Final Two NEC Games Of The 2011 Regular Season

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Friday, October 28, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-9-1, 3-5 NEC) at
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (4-7-5, 1-5-3 NEC)
Willow Brook Park – New Britain, Conn.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2011 – 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-9-1, 3-5 NEC) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (7-7-3, 3-4-1 NEC)
Quinnipiac Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.  

Bobcats Play Final Regular-Season Games of 2011
The Quinnipiac women’s soccer team (4-9-1, 3-5 NEC) plays its final two Northeast Conference games of the 2011 regular season this weekend. The Bobcats travel to face Central Connecticut State (4-7-5, 1-5-3 NEC) on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and will host Bryant (7-7-3, 3-4-1 NEC) on Sunday, Oct. 30 at noon at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac will honor its four graduating seniors prior to the start of Sunday’s game.

Live stats will be available for both games and can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live audio will also be accessible for Sunday’s game against Bryant.

Senior Day Sunday
Quinnipiac will honor its four graduating seniors and graduate student prior to Sunday’s game against Bryant. The Bobcats will recognize Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.), Chelsea Smith (Terryville, Conn.), Kristina Del Mistro (East Williston, N.Y.), Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) and graduate student Kyla Miles (Newtown, Conn.) for their accomplishments while at Quinnipiac.

Scouting CCSU
Central Connecticut State will host Quinnipiac in its final regular-season game. The Blue Devils enter the contest at 4-7-5 on the year and at 1-5-3 in NEC action, ranking 10th in the league standings. The team is led by freshman Rosie Maguire who has collected a team-high 13 points, five goals, and three assists this season, while Senior Brittany Jackson ranks second on the team in points (7) and goals (3). CCSU goalie Nikola Deiter has made 16 starts in net as a sophomore. Deiter has made 93 saves and allowed 23 goals on the year.

All-Time Against The Blue Devils
Central Connecticut State leads the all-time series with Quinnipiac, 5-8. In their most recent outing, the Bobcats defeated the Blue Devils, 4-2, on Sept. 26, 2010 at the QU Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn.

Scouting Bryant
At 7-7-3 on the year, Bryant will host Mount St. Mary’s on Friday, Oct. 28, prior to traveling to Quinnipiac. The Bulldogs enter the weekend ranked seventh in the conference standings with a 3-4-1 NEC record. Midfielder Ari Goldberg leads the team in points (9), while forward Kaitlyn Hinck ranks second with seven points. Both Goldberg and Hinck have scored a team-high three goals, while Goldberg ranks first in assists (3). Overall, a total of 16 players have tallied at least one point for the Bulldogs during the 2011 season. Bryant goalkeepers Kelsi Jacob and Lauren Viverito have split time in net this year, making 12 and eight appearances, respectively. They’ve allowed 26 goals and made 68 saves combined.

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Quinnipiac leads the all-time series with Bryant, 2-1. Last season, the Bobcats shut out the Bulldogs, 1-0, on the road on Oct. 22, 2010.

Last Time Out
Last weekend, Quinnipiac split a pair of NEC games on the road. The Bobcats defeated Monmouth, 2-1, on Oct. 21 and fell, 4-1, at Mount St. Mary’s on Oct. 23. Shauna Edwards, Chelsea Smith and Kristina Del Mistro each scored a goal for the Bobcats over the weekend, while Crystal Burns, Aine McKeever and Kyla Miles all added an assist.

Chelsea Smith notched the game-winning goal, her first goal of the year, to lift the Bobcats to a 2-1 win over Monmouth last Friday. Smith has collected a total four points in her senior year and nine career-points.

NEC Standings
St. Francis (Pa.) and Monmouth have each clinched a spot in the 2011 NEC Tournament with 22 points and 18 points, respectively. Long Island posts 18 points, followed by Sacred Heart in the fourth position with 13 points. Robert Morris and Mount St. Mary’s are currently ranked fifth with 12 points each, while Bryant sits in the seventh slot with 10 points. Quinnipiac and Wagner find themselves in the eighth position with nine points apiece. Rounding out the standings are Central Connecticut and Fairleigh Dickinson, with six points and three points, respectively.

NBC30 Features Furtuna
Quinnipiac senior Furtuna Velaj was recently featured on NBC30 in a report by sports anchor Kevin Nathan. To watch the clip, please click on the link.

Leading Ladies
The Bobcats’ offensive efforts are led by forward Furtuna Velaj, who currently leads the team with 11 points and five goals. Junior Shauna Edwards ranks second in points (9) and has tallied three goals and a team-high three assists. Senior Kristina Del Mistro has also notched three goals and has compiled seven points, while sophomore defender Beck Kiting has compiled six points, two goals and two assists.

Miles Makes It Happen
Graduate student Kyla Miles tabbed her first assist of the season in Quinnipiac’s loss at Mount St. Mary’s.  Miles, a defender, has tabbed five assists in her career with the Bobcats.

Reaching For 100
The Bobcats’ Furtuna Velaj currently posts 91 career points. In addition to this year’s 11 points, Velaj collected 19 points in her junior year. The forward also tallied 30 points in 2009 and 31 points as a freshman.

Daring Del Mistro
Senior midfielder Kristina Del Mistro notched her 10th career-goal as she scored her third goal of the year over the weekend. Del Mistro ranks second amongst active players in career-goals and with a total of 26 career-points.

Keeping Up With Kelley
Senior goalie Jill Kelley has started in each of the Bobcats’ 14 appearances this year. Kelley currently posts 4-9-1 record, most recently earning a win against Monmouth, 2-1, on Oct. 21. Kelley has made 64 saves in 2011 and posts a .708 save percentage.

Sunday Fun-Day
Quinnipiac head coach Dave Clarke’s daughter, Aine, will play with her travel team, the U-10 Glastonbury Dynamite against the U-10 Rocky Hill girls team prior to the start of Sunday’s game. The teams will also help out at the game as ball girls.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu