Scoring troubles plague Bobcats
By TJ Buzzeo
After going ten straight games scoring at least one goal, the Quinnipiac Women’s Soccer team has failed to score a goal in its last three games. In those three games the Bobcats are 0-2-1, and head coach Dave Clarke has only one place to look, his usually potent offense.
The Bobcats scoring woes could not have come at a worse time for the team as they are now in NEC play. Dropping both of their games this past weekend dropped the Bobcats from second in the conference down to sixth.
The one bright spot over the past three games has been the excellent play of goal-tender Chloe Beizer. Beizer has allowed only two goals in the past three games, each coming in the Bobcats losses. Beizer has nine saves in the three games, four against St.Francis (PA), one against Mount St. Mary’s, and four in the defeat to Monmouth. Beizer’s great play has kept the game within reach for the Bobcats, but the offense has not been able to live up to its part of the bargain.
Last Friday, the Bobcats traveled down to Emmitsburg, Maryland to play Mount St. Mary’s. The Bobcats seemed to be in control of the game out shooting their opponents 8-6 and had a 4-1 corner kick advantage. However The Mount led in the one category that counts the most, goals, outscoring the Bobcats 1-0. The only goal of the game came in the 22nd minute when Colleen Regan, put one in the back of the net.
The Bobcats looked to turn the page when they went to West Long Beach, New Jersey to take on the Hawks from Monmouth, the first place team in the conference. Unfortunately for Quinnipiac the Hawks played like the team leading the conference. They out shot the Bobcats 13-3, had four more shots on goal (5-1), and had the advantage on corner kicks 5-1.
The one offensive bright spot for the Bobcats over this past weekend has been Amber Sidoti. Sidoti had six shots in the two games, including all three in the game against Monmouth.
Despite the offensive slump the Bobcats have been in the past several games, they still sit a top the NEC in many offensive categories including points, goals and assists. They are second in the NEC in shots and corner kicks (Monmouth leads both categories). So, the Bobcats fortunes should be turning soon.
The Bobcats return home this week with two NEC games this weekend with the Wagner Seahawks on Friday the 26th, and the Long Island Blackbirds on Sunday the 28th.