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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-0, 0-0 NEC)
New Jersey Institute of Techonology (2-4, 0-0 Great West)
Friday, September 7, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Lubetkin Field, Newark, N.J.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-0, 0-0 NEC)
Hartford Hawks (2-1-1, 0-0 AE)
Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 2 p.m.
QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.

Friday Night Lights
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team continues the 2012 season when they play a non-conference game against Great West affiliate, NJIT on Friday, Sept. 7 under the lights at 7 p.m. at Lubetkin Field in Newark, N.J.  The Bobcats then come home on Sunday, Sept. 9 to take on the Hartford Hawks at 2 p.m. at QU Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn.

Live stats and video will be available and can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Scouting The Highlanders
The Highlanders are off to a 2-4 start for the 2012 season. After winning the season opener against St. Peters, 3-0, NJIT has lost four straight games, including a 1-0 overtime loss to Rider. In their most recent outing, the Highlanders defeated Monmouth, 2-1, in the team's second home contest of 2012. Senior forward Gechi Ukaegbu has been recognized this season in the Great West Conference for her presence in the cross state rival matchup against Monmouth, where she broke the 1-1 tie to lead the Highlanders to a 2-1 victory. Freshman goalkeeper Samantha Bersett has played in all six matchups for the Highlanders and recorded one shut out in the young season.

Scouting the Hawks
The Hawks are off to a 2-1-1 start in the 2012 season. After opening the season against Farleigh Dickinson at home with a 1-1 draw, Hartford has settled in winning two of their next three games at home.  This will mark the Hawks second road game for the start of the 2012 season, visiting Fairfield on Friday Sept. 7. In their most recent outing, the Hawks defeated St. Joseph's, 5-2. Seniors Caroline Dixon and Amelia Pereira both aided with the win over the Stags.  Dixon and Pereira each have three goals on the season. Junior goalkeeper Erin Quinlan has provided the Hawks with quality minutes having 10 saves on the year and a .588 save percent average.

Series History with NJIT
This match-up will mark Quinnipiac's third outing since 2006 with the Highlanders. The Bobcats hold a 3-0 all-time record against the Highlanders. In their last match-up in 2008, the Bobcats pulled a 6-0 shutout with the Great West opponent.

Series History With Hartford
This match-up will mark Quinnipiac's second outing with the Hawks. Hartford holds an all-time record of 1-0 against the Bobcats. Last season, Quinnipiac fell 1-0 on the road against the AE opponent.

A Perfect Start
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team are off and running. The Bobcats secured a 3-0 record over Providence College, 1-0, Vermont, 2-1, and Holy Cross, 1-0. Quinnipiac's 3-0 start in 2012 is their best start since they moved to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1998.

Kelley Keep Them Coming
Senior goalkeeper Jill Kelley was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week for a second consecutive time this season, announced on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. Kelley remained perfect for the season with a 2-0 record with a 0.50 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage after stopping 6-of-7 shots on goal. Against Vermont, Kelley stopped two of the Catamounts' three shots on goal to hold for the victory. She improved to 3-0 on the year with her second shutout in three games when she turned away all four shots on goal by Holy Cross in a 1-0 victory. For the year, she has posted a 0.33 GAA and a .917 save percentage. 

Forward March
Senior forward Kemesha Woodfine was named the Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week and College Sports Madness Player of the Week.  Woodfine led all Quinnipiac players with two goals as the Bobcats picked up a pair of non-conference wins this past weekend. The senior collected the game-winning goal on Friday, Aug. 31 in the Bobcats' 2-1 win against Vermont at home. Woodfine added a second goal of the weekend in the 27th minute of play of the Bobcats' 1-0 win against Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth out of 11 teams, in the 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats finished last season 5-10-1 overall and at 4-6-0 in conference play. Quinnipiac has brought onboard five new freshmen to round off their roster at 25, along with 20 returning players for the season.

2012 NEC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Saint Francis (PA) (6)
2. LIU Brooklyn (5)
3. Monmouth
4. Sacred Heart
5. Central Connecticut
6. Quinnipiac
7. Bryant
8. Robert Morris
9. Wagner
10. Fairleigh Dickinson
11. Mount St. Mary's

The Look Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats will resume the action at home on Wednesday, Sept. 12th, against Harvard. Kickoff is set for 4p.m. on QU Soccer field in Hamden, Conn.   Quinnipiac then hits the road for Sunday, Sept. 16th at Siena of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) at 1 p.m. on Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y.