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HAMDEN, Conn. – A pair of late second half goals proved to be the difference on Saturday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team garnered its second conference win with a 2-0 decision over Rider at the QU Soccer Field. Junior Caitlyn Shaw (North Haven, Conn.) and senior Beck Kiting (Canberra, Australia) each picked up a goal in the winning effort.
"We dominated the possession, but only had two shots to show for it," said Head Coach Dave Clarke. "Coming out in the second half we came out fresh and changed things up. The goal came at the right time and obviously the second goal pretty much ended the game."
The first half saw both the Bobcats and Broncs attacking from the start, but both defenses were stingy and did not allow a shot on goal. Amanda Barroca (Bellmore, NY) had the best chance of the first half for the Bobcats after she found a cross in the box. Barroca put a head to the ball, but it sailed a little too high over the crossbar.
Michelle Iacono (Merrick, NY) had the best chance of the first half for the Broncs when she took a shot from just outside the box, but it went just wide. Quinnipiac and Rider would head into the half even in shots with two and the Bobcats holding the edge in corner kicks (2-0).
The second half saw more offensive attacking with the Bobcats finally being able to break through. In the 73rd minute Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) was able to find Caitlyn Shaw in the box. Shaw, who had been attacking for much of the first half, was finally rewarded for her efforts when she took a header from Fontaine and one touched the pass into the top corner of the net over the extended arms of Bethany- May Howard (Glastonbury, England). The goal was the first career goal for Shaw, while Fontaine added to her team leading assists and point totals with three assists and seven points on the season.
Quinnipiac would not take their foot off the pedal offensively. Seven minutes after the Shaw goal Kelly Caruso (Rocky Hill, Conn.) would set up for the Bobcats fourth corner of the day. Caruso placed the corner perfectly in the box to the head of senior captain Beck Kiting. Kiting finished the job putting the ball into the back of the net for her second goal on the season and the eighth of her career.
Asked on the goal Kiting would say, "We practice set pieces and corners a lot because they are so important especially in the women's game and Kelly was on the ball in the corner. She is very good at getting the ball where we want it to be and I didn't really have to do much. I just let the ball hit my head and it went into the goal."
The Bobcats would keep the pressure up defensively with goalkeeper Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett,Ill.) making the final save of the game just before the final horn. Grodzki finished the game with four second half saves while Vanessa Perdamo (Hillsborough, N.J). and Howard split time with each playing a half. Neither goalie would make a save for Rider.
After a tough out of conference stretch the Bobcats have started out MAAC play undefeated with a record of 2-0-1. "The expectation was to get better as we got closer to conference play and to start out undefeated it goes to that work early in the season," said Clarke.
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 2, when they travel to in-state rival Fairfield. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lessing Field in Fairfield, Conn.
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