Win Streak Snapped By Cross-town Rivals
By TJ Buzzeo
After winning a very impressive seven games in a row, the Women’s soccer team could not pick up their eighth straight victory. The loss came against Yale last Wednesday, but the Bobcats were able to right the ship quickly winning their first NEC game against Central Connecticut.
Kate Macauley of Yale gave the Bulldogs the lead in the 22nd minute of play and then scored the eventual game winning goal in the 61st minute, extending Yale’s lead to two. The Bobcats tried to make a comeback late in the game, but it fell just short. In the 86th minute of the game Sarah Lawlor assisted Meagan McLoughlin with her second goal of the season. The shot went through the lower left corner of the net, but that’s all that Quinnipiac was able to manage against the Bulldogs as they lost the game 2-1. The outcome could have differed if Quinnipiac’s Justine Lombardi was able to connect on her shot in the first minute of the second half, however she just missed and the ball hit off the crossbar.
Former Yale, now Quinnipiac goal-tender Chloe Beizer played well making six saves against her former team. The Bulldogs out shot the Bobcats 19-9, only the second time Quinnipiac failed to have more shots than their opponent. The only other time this season the Bobcats have been out shot was when they beat Providence 3-0 on September 16.
Following the loss the Bobcats wanted to get back to their winning ways, and going to New Britain to play the 3-5-1 Central Connecticut Blue Devils, was just what the doctor ordered.
Central’s Rachel Caneen got the Blue Devils on the board first in the ninth minute of play with her third goal of the season. Lawlor was assisted by Amanda Bilas to tie the game in the 26th minute of play. In the 59th minute the Bobcats took the lead when McLoughlin scored her third goal of the season and second in as many games. Lawlor and Lauren Peacock assisted on McLoughlin’s goal.
Beizer played great yet again with another six save game and the Bobcats got back to their offensive ways, with 17 shots to Central’s 13.
Lauren Peacock was named the Eli’s/Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month for her outstanding play. Graciano Brito of the men’s soccer team was named the Male Athlete of the Month. Also, in a rarity this is the first week since the week of September 10th that a women’s soccer player was not named either Brine/NEC Player of the Week or Brine/NEC Rookie of the Week.
The Bobcats return to action with a pair of NEC opponents. They start out on Friday October 12, when Robert Morris comes to Bobcat field, and then they wrap up the week on Sunday October 14, when St. Francis (PA) comes to Hamden.