Bobcats Keep Rolling
Win Streak Now at 7
By TJ Buzzeo
After five consecutive victories a pair of games against 2-7 opponents would be looked past too the battle of New Haven with a match up against the Yale Bulldogs. However, Head Coach Dave Clarke and his Bobcat team had other ideas.
On Friday the 28th Iona came to Hamden playing in the 20th Anniversary game of Women’s Soccer here at Quinnipiac. After Justine Lombardi set up Freshmen Lauren Peacock with a quick goal less than five minutes into the game, the Bobcats became disgruntled and looked confused for the rest of the first half. However, Iona was not able to capitalize on any opportunities that developed and went into the locker room trailing Quinnipiac, 1-0.
The Bobcats pulled things together for the second half and put the game away early scoring two goals within a minute of each other. The first goal came in the 57th minute of the game and was off of the foot of Sarah Lawlor on an unassisted attempt. Johanne Walleck put the game on ice just 23 seconds later netting in a cross from Lawlor. Goalie Chloe Beizer played well, again shutting out the Gaels, though she did not make a save.
On the last day of September the Crusaders of Holy Cross came to Bobcat Field with plans of snapping the Bobcats six game winning streak. Peacock linked up with Lombardi in the seventh minute of the game, for Lombardi’s first goal of the season. After that Holy Cross battled hard to get into the game, but Beizer and the rest of the Bobcat defense would have none of it, going into the half 1-0 in favor of Quinnipiac.
In the 66th minute Peacock netted her team leading 6th goal of the season, assisted by Amber Sidoti and Brittany Lockwood.The two goals were more than enough for the Bobcats to pick up their seventh straight victory.
In a rarity the NEC did not give a Quinnipiac player NEC player of the week honors, just the second time in the first five weeks of the season (Susan Donavon 9/4, 9/24, and Sidoti 9/17). However, Peacock was awarded NEC Rookie of the week honors this past week the second Bobcat to win this award this season (Sarah Lawlor 9/4).
Beizer’s back to back shutouts this season bring her shutout total now to five, which puts her first in the NEC. After a great week, Lauren Peacock now leads the NEC in points (15) and goals (6), and she is also tied in third in the NEC with assists (3). Lawlor is third in the NEC in points (13), tied in fourth with goals (4) and leads the NEC with 5 assists. Susan Donavon is having another great season tied with Lawlor with goals and is tied with Peacock with assists, which puts her fourth in the NEC with points (4 goals, 3 assists).
The Bobcats go for number eight against the Yale Bulldogs, Wednesday night in nearby New Haven. The start of NEC play begins this Sunday the seventh of October, when Quinnipiac travels to New Britain, CT., to play the Central Connecticut Blue Devils.