Men’s Soccer Off To Its Best Start in School History
By Jamie Palatini
The Quinnipiac Men’s Soccer Team is 4-0.
And before you say anything, no, this isn’t a typo.
Eric Da Costa has gotten his team off to an undefeated start after a dismal 1-10-4 campaign a year ago, a year in which they averaged less than a goal per game. Co-Captain Graciano Brito has started off the year with 5 goals in 4 games, tying him for the conference lead in goals scored. Goalkeeper Freddy Hall has won all 3 of his starts, and allowed only 2 goals thus far.
Want some more evidence this is a changed team? Last year, the Bobcats lost to Boston College here in Hamden 5-1, after leading 1-0 for most of the way before a 2nd half implosion. 2 weeks ago, they traveled up to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College again. They trailed the whole first half 1-0, but came back with 2 second half goals to win 2-1. On the road. At an ACC school. Coach Da Costa said it was the “biggest win in school history”.
They followed that win up with a 3-2 OT victory against a previously undefeated Army team at Westpoint, and a 3-1 win against Marist. This team is winning games they wouldn’t have won last year. It’s a sign this team is maturing, and a sign they can compete with the big boys.
And yes, it’s only 4 games. Yes, they have to play their conference schedule. But these wins over BC and Army show this team is vastly improved. The key to their continued to success will be Freddy Hall. Last year, the team allowed nearly 2 goals a game. If Hall continues to be big in net, Quinnipiac will make a run for a conference title.