August 23, 2013

Women's Soccer To Open 2013 Season at Nationally-Ranked No. 18 Georgetown On Sunday, Aug. 25

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)
#18 Georgetown Hoyas (0-0, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Sunday, August 25, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Shaw Field- Washington, D.C.

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Season Opener

The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team opens the 2013 season when they play a non-conference game against BIG EAST affiliate, and #18 nationally-ranked Georgetown University on Sunday, Aug. 25. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at North Kehoe Field in Washington, D.C.

Scouting the Hoyas
The Hoyas are off to a (1 games) start after facing William and Mary in their season opener on August 23. Georgetown had one of their best season's ever last year. The Hoyas set a school record for wins with 16 wins and finished with a 16-4-3 record in a season that ended with a trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Hoyas went 8-1-1in the Big East Conference and won the Big East National Division Title. Georgetown's attack is led by Daphne Corboz, a junior who tallied a Big East league high 27 points last season. Corboz (44 points overall) set a Georgetown single season high. Corboz was named 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year. She ranked 11th in the country in points per game (1.91), 10th in the country in goals per game and was tied for seventh in the nation in goals scored overall with 18. Corboz was named 1st Team All American last season by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was the youngest player selected to the first team. Corboz was also a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. In the preseason she was named to the Best XI First Team by TopDrawSoccer.com. The team represents the best women's college soccer players in the country. Corboz also spent some of her summer training with the US U23 National Team in California.

Series History with Georgetown
The Bobcats face the Hoyas for the second time in their history. The Hoyas took the first meeting on September 5, 2004 at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field, 5-1. 

New Conference brings New Opportunities
After being in the Northeast Conference for the past 15 seasons the Bobcats begin their inaugural season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). As members of the Northeast Conference they went 72-50-18 in conference play and 126-117-26 overall. They appeared in the four-team NEC tournament six times, the NEC Final two times, won a regular season championship in 2001, and an NEC Title and trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2000. The 2000 team was the first Quinnipiac team in any sport to make the Division 1 NCAA tournament. The Bobcats open MAAC play September 21 when they head to Jersey City to take on Saint Peter's. 

Shutdown defense
The Quinnipiac women's soccer team defense ranked nationally in two NCAA defensive statistics and goals against average in 2012. The team posted a .737 goals against average which ranked 34th nationally while they were tied with Western Illinois for 42nd in the nation with a .471 shutout percentage.

The Senior Class
Quinnipiac brings back four seniors for the 2013 campaign. Taylor Healey, Beck Kiting, Aine McKeever and Mary Corrado are all set for one last go in a Bobcats' uniform. Healey played in all 17 games last season while starting in 13 of them and had two goals on the year. Kiting started all 17 games last year and had two game winning goals for the Bobcats including one against Mount St Mary's (10/14) in the 106th minute.  McKeever played in all 17 games, which included 14 in a starting role, scoring one goal and assisting on two others while Corrado played in three games.

MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team was selected to finish eighth in the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced by the league office on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Bobcats, who have advanced to postseason play in three of their last five seasons, will look to turn some heads in their first season in the MAAC.

Rk.        Team (Pts)
1             Fairfield (115)
2             Marist (113)
3             Monmouth (86)
4             Rider (69)
5             Niagara (68)
6             Siena (64)
7             Iona (62)
8             Quinnipiac (59)
9             Canisius (45)
10           Manhattan (32)
11           Saint Peter's (13)

#15 For Clarke
Head Coach Dave Clarke enters his 15th season at the helm of the Bobcats women's soccer program while entering his first season in the MAAC Conference. Through his first 14 seasons at Quinnipiac, Clarke owns a 117-110-24 record. He picked up his 100th career win back in the 2010 campaign with a win over Bryant University.

An Honor for Eriksen
Sophomore defender Nicole Eriksen (Stamford, Conn.) was named to the 2013 College Sports Madness MAAC Conference Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Second Team, announced on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by members of the association. The list of athletes includes the top players in women's soccer for the upcoming campaign.

Going to Disney World
The MAAC Conference hosts one sport every year as a part of a four sport rotation at the Disney Wild World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 MAAC Women's Soccer Tournament will be the tournament held at the complex.  Instead of the normal four team format every MAAC Conference team qualifies for the tournament held from October 31st to November 2nd.

The Look Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats will have their home opener on Sunday, September 1st when they play host to St Joseph's of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field.