Women's Soccer Opens NEC Play Friday, Sept. 21

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-2-1, 0-0 NEC)
Fairleigh Dickinson(3-3-3, 0-0 NEC)
Friday, September 21, 2012 - 2 p.m.
QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-2-1, 0-0 NEC)
Central Connecticut (1-6, 0-0 NEC)
Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 2 p.m.
QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Open NEC Conference Play
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team opens conference play at home against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights on Friday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. on the QU Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn.  The Bobcats then host on Sunday, Sept. 23 intrastate rival Central Connecticut at 2 p.m. on the Mount Carmel Campus.

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

Scouting the Knights
The Knights are off to a 3-3-3 start in the 2012 season and rank fourth in the NEC Conference.  The Knights suffered recent tough losses to Rider, 1-2, and Binghamton, 0-1.  Freshman Striker Rebecca Hoekstra already has five of the Knights 12 goals this season and was named the NEC Rookie of the Week back in the beginning of September.  Fairleigh Dickinson is coming off a tough 1-0 loss from the Bearcats at home. The Knights had many opportunities in the second half outshooting Binghamton 8-4, but couldn't find the back of the net. 

Series History with Fairleigh Dickinson
Friday's match-up marks the 13th all-time meeting between Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson. The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 8-3-1. At home, the Bobcats hold a 5-1 record against the Knights, and are 3-2-1 on the road with the NEC opponent. Last season, Quinnipiac defeated FDU, 4-2, on the QU Soccer Field.

Scouting the Blue Devils
The Blue Devils will play Monmouth prior to coming to Quinnipiac on Sunday.  Central Connecticut stands at 1-6 to start the 2012 season, suffering tough losses to Providence, 2-1, Siena, 2-1, and Yale, 1-0.  The Blue Devils are coming off of a four game losing streak and looking for a way to end it. In their last meeting against the Bulldogs, Yale outshot the Blue Devils 16-8 while CCSU goalkeeper Nikola Deiter totaled five saves.

Series History with Central
Central Connecticut State leads the all-time series with Quinnipiac, 5-9. In their most recent outing, the Blue Devils defeated the Bobcats, 4-2, on Oct. 28, 2011, on the CCSU Soccer Field in New Britain, Conn.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats' unbeaten streak came to a close on Wednesday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team was defeated by Harvard University, 3-0.  The bad luck continued on Sunday, Sept. 16 when the Bobcats suffered a 1-0 overtime loss to Siena. With the losses, the Bobcats fell to 4-2-1 overall.

Rookie Knows Best
Freshman Shannon Larkin was named the Northeast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week for the week of Sept. 10. The honor is the forward's first of her career. In weekend play, Larkin was able to capitalize on a ball fed by Amanda Barroca for the game-winning goal. The tally was Larkin's first collegiate goal that led Quinnipiac to the 1-0 victory over Hartford.

Kelleys a Keeper
Senior goalkeeper Jill Kelley was perfect through her first four games of the season, posting a 0.25 goals-against average, and a .923 save percentage. She improved to 4-0 on the year with her third shutout against Hartford on Sept. 9. Kelley so far has been named by the NEC for Defensive Player of the Week for two consecutive weeks on Aug. 27 and Sept. 4.

Quinnipiac was nationally recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Sept. 11, ranking the team ninth among Big East, America East and Patriot League components for their undefeated start of the season. This accomplishment adds to their best start in program history. 

1. Rutgers                             (7-1)
2. Georgetown                      (6-1-1)
3. Louisville                           (5-1)
4. Connecticut                       (4-2-1)
5. Marquette                         (3-2)
6. Notre Dame                      (3-3-1)
7. Stony Brook                      (4-2-1)
8. Marist                               (4-2-1)
9. Quinnipiac                       (4-0-1)
10. Seton Hall                       (5-3)
10. Providence                      (5-2-1)

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

The Look Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats head to LIU Brooklyn on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. to take on the Blackbirds under the lights on LIU Field in Brooklyn N.Y. to continue conference play. The Bobcats then journey home to take on Monmouth on QU Soccer Field at 1 p.m. in Hamden Conn.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu