Men’s Soccer Continues Its Torrid Start
Brito Now Nation’s Top Goal Scorer
By Jamie Palatini
The Men’s Soccer team continued its early success this past weekend with a 5-0 win over Canisius and a 2-2 tie with Siena, extending its unbeaten streak to six. Quinnipiac, who was picked to finish tenth in the NEC preseason coaches poll, now has the best record in the Northeast Conference at 5-0-1, and is one of the few unbeaten teams left in Division I soccer.
Quinnipiac scored early and often against Canisius with 4 goals in the first half, including a hat trick from junior co-captain Graciano Brito. Sophomore goalie Freddy Hall preserved the clean sheet for the Bobcats picking up six saves in his second shutout of the season.
The Bobcats faced a more formidable opponent in Siena on Sunday. Siena struck first on a goal from freshman Nick Viaggio, but Ross McGibney tied the game for the Bobcats in the 37th minute with his third goal of the season. Siena regained the lead on a goal by freshman Steve Covino in the 61st minute. They held the lead until Graciano Brito scored the equalizer off of a free kick late in the game for the Bobcats.
Brito continues to build his case as one of the top players in the country. With his four goals this weekend, Brito increased his lead as the nation’s top goal scorer. This past week he also claimed his second Brine/NEC Player of the Week award, and is averaging 1.5 goals per game.
The Bobcats will start their conference schedule this week when they head to Fairfield to face Sacred Heart on Friday, October 5th at 3:00 PM.