Men’s Soccer

Strong effort on senior day: Bobcats fall short against Terriers

By Spencer Gottschall, QBSN Staff Writer 

The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team conceded its 10th loss of the year to St. Francis (N.Y.) Sunday afternoon on its senior day and season finale. The Bobcats wrap up the year with a record of 6-10 overall and 4-6 in NEC Conference play.  Prior to the game, seniors William Cavallo (Londonberry, N.H.), Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.), Matthew Rothbart (Cheshire, Conn.) and Brett Uttley (Jamestown, R.I.) were honored for their play and dedication to the team over the course of their respective careers at Quinnipiac.

The Bobcats had a rough start to the first half. Five minutes in, St. Francis (N.Y.) junior, Adam Maabdi carried the ball into Quinnipiac’s box and ripped it past Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) for the first goal of the game. However, the Bobcats kept composed, and their offensive front pushed onward. Sophomore Tim Quigley (Ridgefield, Conn.) was given a great ball down the sidelines and knocked it in. Quigley was later called off sides, nullifying the goal, and the match remained 1-0 in favor of St. Francis (N.Y).

The Bobcats stayed relentless, but Terrier goalkeeper Tyler Clarhaut had numerous saves that kept them scoreless in the first. What followed was strong defensive performance by both teams including that of Cavallo. After a series of back and forth possessions, the half closed with St. Francis (N.Y) leading by one.

The beginning of the second half mirrored that of the first: the Terriers opening up with an early goal. This time, the score came off the foot of Simon Ytterbom.  After a questionable no out-of-bounds call, St. Francis (N.Y.) capitalized on a corner-kick. The ball was sent into the box, it bounced around and Ytterbom tapped it in, reinforcing their lead to 2 -0 with 35-minutes left in the second.

Quinnipiac regrouped and got back into the swing of things with more shots on net. Junior William Daniels (Clackamas, Ore.) hit one just wide, and freshman Justin Ward (New Egypt, N.J.) did the same a few possessions later. The Bobcats struggled to finish and take advantage of opportunities though. At the 18-minute mark, Coach Eric Da Costa pulled the four seniors from the game, giving them a chance to be recognized by the crowd.

Just as it seemed like the Bobcats were out of it, freshman Nils Von Der Heide (Munic, Germany) put Quinnipiac in the score column. He put in a nifty pass from freshman Hakon Weloy Aarseth (Bergen, Norway), leaving them at a one-goal deficit (2-1) with six minutes remaining in the game.

With new life, the Bobcats pressed into St. Francis’ defensive half. After a Terrier handball, QU was left with a free kick just outside of the box. The kick was directed right at the goal, tipped by Clarhaut and punched back into play, clearing the threat. That was deemed to be the last great chance for the Bobcats as the Terriers held off another goal, solidifying the victory (2-1).

After the game, Da Costa spoke about the remarkable efforts of his seniors.

“They all have tremendous stories. Will through injury and Brett being a walk-on, they mean a lot to this team,” he said. “I wanted to make sure the seniors enjoyed themselves in a pressure-free environment today.”

Even though the loss came on the seniors’ final game, all was not lost.

“This wasn’t the result we wanted [on senior day], but there are positives to take out of the game and plenty to look forward to,” Rothbart said.  “I’m going to miss playing with these kids, and I wish them the best of luck.”

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Penalty kick gives Bobcats the win over Robert Morris

By Taylor Massey, QBSN Staff Writer

Robert Morris’s overly aggressive defense held off the Bobcats from taking an early lead, but ultimately led to its downfall. The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team defeated the Robert Morris Colonials 2-1 late Saturday afternoon with a game-winning penalty kick off the foot of Matthew Rothbart (Chesire, Conn.).

The Colonials took control of the match early, scoring in the eighth minute of the first half. Prince Samuels took a pass from Devon Williams and put a far shot into the corner of the net. The Bobcats then took control and drove the ball down into the Colonials territory. They continually peppered the ball near the Robert Morris net, but were unable to tear past the tough Colonial defense.

Coming to the end of the first half the Bobcats were still having trouble breaking through the aggressive Colonial’s defense until the ball finally found Philip Surprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.). In the 40th minute of play, Suprise ripped a long shot that placed the ball in the bottom corner of the net past the diving arms of Robert Morris goalkeeper Toba Bolaji, tying the match at 1-1 at the end of the first half.

At the start of the second half, both teams continued their strong defensive play. Quinnipiac had several well set-up plays but had trouble directing the ball to the net.

Finally with 11-minutes left in the match, the Bobcats were awarded a penalty kick when a Robert Morris defender tripped Suprise on his way into the box.  Rothbart stepped up to take the penalty kick and blasted the ball past Bolaji for the goal, giving Quinnipiac the 2-1 lead.

The Colonials had some opportunities late in the game, but were unable to convert thanks to Bobcat goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilboa, Spain) making some key saves.

With this win, Quinnipiac advances to a 5-4 overall record and Robert Morris falls to 4-6-1 overall. The Bobcats will spend their next four games on the road with Farleigh Dickinson up next.

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Men’s soccer wins conference opener

By Ben Dias, QBSN Staff Writer

The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team opened up Northeast Conference play Friday with a 2-1 victory over the Bryant Bulldogs.

Then two Bobcat goals in less than three minutes was all the scoring they needed, as constant offensive pressure and solid defense contributed to the win.  Quinnipiac (3-3, 1-0 NEC) held the Bulldogs (1-5-1, 0-1 NEC) offense to few opportunities for most of the game thanks to strong play from the back line.

After 35 scoreless minutes of play, the Bobcats finally got on the board courtesy of senior captain Durval Pereira (Chesire, Conn.). In the 36th minute, freshman forward Ola Ogunjobi (London, England) sent a pass into the box to Pereira who curled it into the left side of the net past Bryant goalkeeper George Spanos. It was Ogunjobi’s first collegiate assist and Pereira’s second goal of the season.

Throughout the first half, the Bobcats applied offensive pressure. In the 40th minute, junior forward Will Daniels (Clackamas, Ore.), added to the scoring when he received a lob pass from Pereira outside of the box. Daniels took the ball, moved to his right and blasted his first goal of the season into the top right corner, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs would score their only goal of the game in the 43rd minute. Junior midfielder Anthony Zarella netted his first goal of the season off an assist from junior defender Eddie Curry

Quinnipiac goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilboa, Spain) made two saves in net for the Bobcats to improve his record to 3-2, while Bryant’s Spanos turned away three shots for Bryant.

The Bobcats defense stymied Bryant in the second half, surrendering only four shots in the half and 10 total for the game.

“I think our back line did really well,” Quinnipiac head coach Eric Da Costa said. “It’s the same back line and same goalkeeper we used against Loyola. It was the first time we had the same combination of players. I thought they responded really well, as a defensive unit they did exactly that.  They blocked a lot of shots and stopped shots from getting to goal.”

The Bobcats extend their record at home to 3-1 to begin the season and will look to carry their strong play early on in their conference schedule.

“Our goals are, we got five home games and 15 points that we need to pick up,” Da Costa said. “If we can pick up all of our points at home and get some good results on the road, then we’ll be in a really good spot.”

Quinnipiac outshot Bryant 22-10 and held a 5-to-4 advantage in corner kicks.

“Today was a grind-it-out kind of win. It’s a conference game and it’s exactly what it’s going to be like from here on out,” Da Costa said.

The Bobcats will look to extend their win streak when they travel to New Jersey Institute of Technology on Sunday, Oct. 2 for a non-conference game at 2 p.m.

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Men’s soccer defeats Loyola

By Angelique Fiske, QBSN Staff Writer

The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team defeated Loyola University in a low-scoring 1-0 contest, giving the Bobcats and freshman goalie Borja Angoitia (Bilboa, Spain) their first shutout of the season.  With the victory, the Bobcats boost their record to 2-3, while the Greyhounds fall to 5-2-1.  The Bobcats’ win brings an end to Loyola’s four-game consecutive win streak.

Even though the Greyhounds outshot the Bobcats 20-15 throughout the game, it only took Quinnipiac senior William Cavallo (Londonderry, N.H.) an assist from junior Philip Surprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) in the 53rd minute to render that statistic irrelevant.  Suprise’s assist is his fourth on the season, which leads the team.

“I just shot it, and the rest is history,” said Cavallo of his game-winning goal.

With the goal coming early in the second half, Loyola had plenty of time for an equalizer and came very close to pulling it off.  Greyhound sophomore Jamie Libby had a header in the 81st minute, but a foul on the play turned the call over, working in Quinnipiac’s favor.  Loyola got two more shots off before the game’s end after nearly tying it up but could not produce a goal.

Quinnipiac’s defense was under pressure the entire game.  Of Loyola’s 20 shots, four were on target.

In addition to his first shutout, Angoitia had four saves on the game.  His counterpart, Loyola’s Kyle Wittman, had six saves of his own.

This confidence-raising victory has come just in time with a crucial point of the season getting closer.

“Conference play is just around the corner,” said Cavallo.

With this in mind, the Bobcats are preparing to hold their own.

“We demand a lot of them,” said Quinnipiac head coach Eric Da Costa.

The Bobcats begin Northeast Conference play when the Bryant Bulldogs come to Hamden next Friday at 3 pm.

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