Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-2-1, 2-0 NEC)
Monmouth University (5-4-1, 2-0 NEC)
Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 1 p.m.
QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats Continue NEC Conference Play
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. Quinnipiac then heads home to take on Monmouth who is ranked second behind the Bobcats in the Northeast Conference on QU Soccer Field at 1 p.m. in Hamden Conn.
Live stats will be available and can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Scouting the Blackbirds
The Blackbirds are off to a 2-7-1 start in the 2012 season and rank sixth in the NEC Conference. LIU Brooklyn suffered recent tough finishes to conference matchups against Robert Morris, tied 1-1 (2OT) and St. Francis (Pa.), loss 1-0. For the Blackbirds, senior Toni Smith leads the team with three goals and six points. In goal for LIU is senior Jennifer Bannon, this year she has 19 saves and holds a 1.46 goals against average for this season.
Series History with LIU Brooklyn
This will mark the Bobcats 16th match up against their Northeast Conference opponent. LIU Brooklyn holds an all-time record of 7-6-2 with Quinnipiac. The Bobcats lead the series at home, 4-3. Last season, Quinnipiac fell to the Blackbirds, 1-0 on Oct. 18, 2011.
Scouting the Hawks
The Hawks will play prior to meeting up with the Bobcats on Sunday against Robert Morris on Friday Sept. 28. Monmouth stands currently at 5-4-1 to start the 2012 season and are 2-0 in NEC conference play ranking second behind the Bobcats whom are in first place. Monmouth is coming off strong wins against Northeast Conference opponents Central Connecticut, 1-0, and Bryant, 1-0. Monmouth junior Dana Costello leads the team with five goals already this year and accumulated 12 points. Behind Costello, Sophomore Alexa Freguletti has two goals on the year and adds four assists. In the goal sophomore, Jocelyn McCoy has 25 saves and a 1.37 goals against average. In their last outing, the Hawks freshman, Brittany Boyle recorded the game winning goal to lead the Hawks to the victory over Bryant. Boyle was later recognized by the NEC as Rookie of the week Sept. 24.
Series History with Monmouth
Monmouth leads the all-time series with Quinnipiac, 5-10-1. In their most recent meeting, the Bobcats won, 2-1, on Oct. 21, 2011 in Monmouth, N.J.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats had an impressive start to NEC conference play picking up back to back wins against Fairleigh Dickinson 1-0, and Central Connecticut, 1-0. Senior forward Kemesha Woodfine scored her third goal of the season on Friday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-0. In Sunday's matchup against the Blue Devils, junior Taylor Healey scored her first career goal which proved to be the difference in the win against the Blue Devils. The Bobcats' weekend victories improves their record to 6-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the league.
Nationally Ranked Figures
Quinnipiac last started a season 2-0 in NEC play back in 2007. The Bobcats rank first in the NEC. Currently the Bobcats are ranked 10th in the nation by the NCAA for shutout percentage .667, behind UCLA and Florida State with .778. Quinnipiac also ranks 12th in goals against average with .541 just behind the leader UCLA posting .212. Among the athletes recognized seniors Jill Kelley and Kemesha Woodfine also ranked in individual categories for the Bobcats.
Kelley Posting Up
Senior goalkeeper Jill Kelley was recognized by the NEC for a third time as Defender of the Week and College Sports Madness for Player of the Week for a second time this season. Kelley has also been on the NCAA radar rounding off the number 10 position in the nation for goals against average (.51) and placing 12th nationally in saves average (.867). The veteran goalkeeper picked up her 24th career win this weekend against Central, and currently leads the NEC in goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts (5). For Kelley's career in goal she has tallied 16 shutouts between the posts and stands at 5-2 for the season. The Simsbury, Conn. native contributed to the Bobcats perfect start 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.
Woodfine on The Radar
Senior forward Kemesha Woodfine leads all Quinnipiac players with three goals as the Bobcats picked up a pair of conference wins this past weekend at home. Woodfine has been ranked 24th in the nation by the NCAA in game winning goals this season. The senior collected the game-winning goal on Friday, Sept. 21 in the Bobcats' 1-0 win in the conference opener against Fairleigh Dickinson on the Mount Carmel Campus. Woodfine was also named the Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week and College Sports Madness Player of the Week, the week of Sept. 4.
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. On Sept. 9, Larkin was able to capitalize on a ball fed by freshman 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.
Quinnipiac was nationally recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Sept. 24 , ranking the team tenth among BIG EAST components for their conference opening weekend going, 2-0. Back on Sept. 11, the team was recognized by the NSCAA ranking the Bobcats 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.
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.
The Look Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats head to Wagner on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. to take on the Seahawks and continue conference play at Wagner College Stadium in Staten Island, N.Y. The Seahawks are ranked 10th in NEC play, 3-7 overall and 0-1 in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats then journey to Smithfield, R.I to take on the Bryant Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium at 3 p.m. Bryant is ranked fourth in NEC conference play with a 6-5 start overall and 1-1 in the NEC.
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