October 5, 2012

Women’s Soccer Tops NEC Foe Wagner College, 4-1


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Sophomore Christina Cesarini (Garden City, N.Y.) provided two goals against Wagner on Friday evening, as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team defeated Wagner College, 4-1, in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Wagner College Stadium. Quinnipiac's goals were scored by three different players, improving its overall record to 7-3-2 overall, and 3-1-1 in the conference. The Seahawks drop to 4-9 overall and 1-3 in the NEC.

The first goal of the game was scored by senior defender Taylor Healey (Milford, Conn.) off of a pass from senior Crystal Burns (Overland Park, Kan.). In just the second minute of play, Healey slipped a shot past the Wagner goalkeeper for her second tally of the campaign.

With a little over fifteen minutes remaining in the first half, Burns scored the Bobcats' second goal of the game with a shot to the lower right corner of the goal, unassisted. Then, just five minutes later, Cesarini joined Burns and Healey in the scoring column with her second goal of the season. The Bobcats carried a commanding 3-1 lead into the locker room at halftime.

After the intermission, Wagner got one back early on, but Quinnipiac would bounce back nicely with another insurance goal. In the 76th minute, Cesarini was able to find the back of the net a second time, granting the Bobcats a 4-1 advantage. Cesarini's second goal of the game puts her at three goals and six points for the season. The forward's goal also makes it the first time this year that a player for the Bobcats had scored twice in one game. 

Natalia Grodzki, a freshman goalkeeper from Bartlett, Ill., made four saves in the game for Quinnipiac, while Wagner's Vetter made three saves total. Grodzki is now 1-0-1 on the season.

Quinnipiac controlled a 3-2 edge in corner kicks, while each team accumulated 15 shots.

The Bobcats continue their weekend against Northeast Conference opponent Bryant on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Bulldog stadium in Smithfield, R.I. at 1pm.  The Bulldogs are ranked fourth behind Quinnipiac in the NEC with a 7-6 mark overall and 2-2 in the NEC.

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 Men'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.

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