HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women’s soccer team fell, 1-0, in a Northeast Conference match-up against Long Island on Tuesday afternoon. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 3-8-1 overall and 2-4 in conference play, while the Blackbirds improve to 8-7 on the year and 5-2 in the NEC.
Long Island junior Ruby Leon scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute of play. With the score tied at 0-0, Leon won the ball from Quinnipiac goalie Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.), who had come out towards the edge of the 18-yard box. Leon had a breakaway, dribbled towards the net and tallied the game’s lone goal, her second goal of the year.
“We need to capitalize on other teams’ mistakes and we haven’t,” said head coach Dave Clarke. “We said to keep playing the way we’ve been playing, just play to (our) potential and keep working hard for each other, which they did. It was just one mental breakdown, collectively and individually, and we’ve thrown away a game that was there to be won.”
Overall, Quinnipiac was outscored by Long Island, 15-11. The Bobcats’ offense was led by junior Crystal Burns (Overland Park, Kan.), who compiled three shots in the game.
Despite the loss, Quinnipiac created several offensive opportunities in the outing. Only ten minutes into the first half, sophomore Beck Kiting (Canberra, Australia) headed the ball just wide of the net off a pass from senior Chelsea Smith (Terryville, Conn.). Smith also had a chance to score less than twenty minutes later, but collided with Long Island’s goalie, after a pass from junior Aine McKeever (Derry City, Ireland) was sent up the left side of the field at the top of the box.
With five minutes remaining in the first half, the Bobcats earned a free kick on the top of the 18-yard line. However, the shot was blocked by Long Island defenders. Less than five minutes into the second stanza, Quinnipiac senior defender Kyla Miles (Newtown, Conn.) won a loose ball from the keeper in front of the Blackbirds’ net, but was unable to put a shot on the goal.
The Bobcats’ senior keeper, Kelley, made eight saves in the loss, while the Blackbirds’ junior goalie Jennifer Bannon had five stops in net.
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