Women's Soccer Improves To 2-0 In NEC Play; Healey's Blast Lifts Bobcats Over CCSU, 1-0
HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior Taylor Healey's (Milford, Conn.) first career goal proved to be the difference on Sunday afternoon; as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team remained undefeated in Northeast Conference competition with a 1-0 victory over Central Connecticut State University at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. The Bobcats' second consecutive win improves their record to 6-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the league.
Fresh off their first NEC win on Friday afternoon, the Bobcats carried the momentum into game #2 against the Blue Devils. Just 11 minutes after the opening whistle, Quinnipiac capitalized on a corner kick for an early 1-0 lead. Senior Crystal Burns (Overland Park, Kan.) whipped a right-footed cross into the penalty area – where the ball bounced around amongst a slew of players. Positioned perfectly at the top of the 18-yard box, junior Taylor Healey (Milford, Conn.) found the loose ball at her feet and blasted a shot into the back of the net for her first career goal.
Quinnipiac maintained much of the possession for the remainder of the half, however, struggled to create opportunities on the offensive end. Nothing too threatening, CCSU took five shots compared to just two from the hosting Bobcats. Nonetheless, QU carried a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
After the break, the Bobcats picked up the intensity and pressed forward in search of an insurance goal. Just minutes into the second stanza, Burns nearly did just that with a tremendous strike from 25-yards out. Unfortunately, her right-footed blast was tipped over the crossbar and out for a corner kick. QU was unable to capitalize on the set-piece and CCSU cleared the ball from danger.
Fortunately for the Bobcats, the lone goal proved to be enough with senior goalkeeper Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) between the posts. As they have done all year, Kelley and the Bobcats' defense buckled down and preserved their fifth shutout of the season. Kelley made three saves on the afternoon en route to her 24th career victory.
"Jill was great today," said Head Coach Dave Clarke. "She's doing everything well right now. She's experienced, she's confident and she has a strong back four in front of her playing really well."
Despite surrendering a 5-2 discrepancy in shots for the first half, Quinnipiac battled back and outshot CCSU 5-2 in the second. However, QU clearly controlled the majority of possession, evidenced by its 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Quinnipiac last started a season 2-0 in NEC play back in 2007. They also improved to 6-9 against CCSU all-time.
The Bobcats continue competition within the Northeast Conference next weekend. Quinnipiac travels to Brooklyn, N.Y. for a clash with the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds on Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m., followed by a home tilt against Monmouth University on Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m.
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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