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HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac battled Monmouth to a 0-0 draw, on Senior Day at the QU Soccer Field. With the draw, Quinnipiac earned the No. 7 seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament and will face off against the Manhattan Jaspers in the opening round. Kickoff will be set for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 from the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.
It was Senior Day and Quinnipiac would be honoring four seniors that helped shape the program these last four seasons. Mary Corrado, Aine McKeever, Beck Kiting, and Taylor Healey were all honored prior to the game against Monmouth.
Monmouth came into the game having only lost one game all season and were the only unbeaten team in conference play. Monmouth would bring an impressive counter attack to Hamden and an offense that scored 2.06 goals per game. Coming into the game Monmouth had scored at least one goal in every game this season.
"You are playing the league champion, unbeaten, and top scorers in the league, and then you throw in the wind. The wind was a factor and in that regard you have to play to the conditions," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Dave Clarke. "We got the ball in the final third a number of times, again the final ball wasn't there; we need to take that extra second to take care of the ball, take the shot, and get the delivery into a better location. I am very happy with the second half performance and obviously in overtime. If you look at it the two top teams in the MAAC are Fairfield and Monmouth and both games have been nil nil. I guarantee neither of those teams will want to play us in a matchup. I do believe talent wise we are in the top four with us, Fairfield, Marist, and Monmouth, but the league table always tells the truth."
Quinnipiac got off to a fast start when Angela Ellison (Peabody, Mass.) was able to get the ball towards the top of the 18. She would take the first shot of the game in the second minute, but it went wide.
In the 12th minute Dana Costello took her first of her six shots, but it went wide. The first true chance for Monmouth came in the 19th minute when Costello took a shot on goal, but Natalie Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) was able to make the save. Grodzki would make another save 35 seconds later when Julie Spracklin put a shot on net.
Both teams would head into halftime after making some positive runs, but the wind remained a factor. The wind took effect on many balls that were put in the air and that would cause both teams to have to readjust in the second half. At the half Quinnipiac held a 2-1 lead in corner kicks while Monmouth had a 6-2 advantage in shots. Natalia Grodzki made three first half saves while Jocelyn McCoy did not face a shot on goal.
The second half would not see much action due to both teams playing so well defensively at midfield. Both teams were only able to have a shot each while Natalia Grodzki made her fourth save of the game. Quinnipiac would force Monmouth into their second overtime game of the year.
In the first overtime, Costello had the best opportunity of the game for either side. With the wind still a factor she lofted a shot in the air just outside of the 18. The ball hung up in the air and hit the top of the crossbar. Six minutes later in the 99th minute Kat Young (Fairfield, Conn.) had a shot on goal for the Bobcats, but McCoy was able to make the stop for Monmouth.
Neither goalie would have to make a save in the second overtime as the clock winded down and the game ended in a draw. Both teams would pick up a point as Quinnipiac would become the first team all season to shutout Monmouth.
Grodzki made four saves and picked up another clean sheet. She now has 6.5 clean sheets for her career. McCoy made one save for the Hawks, as her record moves to 1-0-1.
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