HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior Aine McKeever (Derry City, Ireland) scored the game's lone goal early on in the first half on Sunday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team upended Providence College, 1-0, at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. McKeever's blast from 20-yards out proved to be the difference en route to a season-opening victory against the BIG EAST rival.
The Sunday afternoon matinee featured a quick start for the hosting Bobcats (1-0, 0-0 NEC). Just four minutes into the contest, Quinnipiac capitalized on PC (1-2-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) infraction for the team's first goal of the season. McKeever lined up a free-kick from 20-yards out and used a kind deflection into the corner of the net for her fourth career goal.
From that point on defense was the name of the game, as neither team mustered much offense in the remaining 41 minutes. The Friars held a 5-3 advantage in shots, but only tested QU goalkeeper Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) one time. At the sound of the halftime whistle, the Bobcats controlled a 1-0 lead in front of nearly 500 fans at the QU Soccer Field.
After the intermission, the pace of play picked up, but both defenses stayed strong. The Bobcats' defense featured high intensity with constant pressure on the opposition. Providence recorded five shots in the second frame, which included four shots on net, but Kelley was up for the challenge. The fifth-year senior turned away all four attempts to conclude a five-save afternoon.
The Bobcats' offense generated its best chance of the half at the 68th minute mark as Christina Cesarini (Garden City, N.Y.) nearly found the back of the net. The sophomore forward broke free in the penalty area and ripped a shot towards the woodwork, however, her strike sailed just wide and out for a goal kick. Providence continued to press in the waning minutes, but the Bobcats managed the clock well and disallowed the Friars to find the equalizer.
PC controlled a slight, 10-8, edge in shots and a mere, 4-3, advantage in corner kicks. Kelley's counterpart Jessica Goudreault made three stops between the posts for the Friars.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, August 31 with their second home game of the 2012 campaign. Quinnipiac welcomes Vermont to the QU Soccer Field for a 3 p.m. tilt.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Women's Soccer Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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