Scoring Woes Still Plague Bobcats
By TJ Buzzeo
The women’s soccer team at Quinnipiac University came into their games last weekend without scoring a goal in their last three games; the great offense from the beginning of the season has been nowhere to be seen. Entering this weekend, Coach Clarke’s crew was hoping that a couple of home games would be what the doctor ordered. However, home just added to the illness. They played through a scoreless battle with Wagner, and were shutout 1-0 against Long Island.
A struggling Wagner team came to Quinnipiac on Friday the 26th of October looking to kick the Bobcats while they were down. Quinnipiac’s offense, led by Kate Lissfelt and Amber Sidoti, did almost everything it could to not allow this to happen as they out-shot the Seahawks 28-6 (8-1 shots on goal), and had a 9-0 corner kick advantage. However, Wagner netminder Sam Schueschner prevented the Bobcats from putting any of those shots in the back of the net. Bobcats goaltender Chloe Beizer did her part as she blanked Wagner for her seventh shutout of the season. Although the Bobcats did not score a goal or win the game, they did end their losing skid at two, and with their last home game of the season coming up, things were not looking too bad in the Bobcats world.
On Sunday the 28th, the Bobcats welcomed Long Island University to Hamden for the team’s final home game of the season. Before the game the Bobcats honored the seven seniors on the team who were playing in their final game at Bobcat Field. The scoring drought of the Bobcats continued as they played their fifth straight game without a goal. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, they would not be able to escape this game with a tie when Caitlin Meadows of the Blackbirds was able to beat Beizer to the right corner of the goal. The Blackbirds out-shot the Bobcats 11-5 (4-2 shots on goal), and the teams tied with three corner kicks apiece.
The tie and loss over the weekend dropped Quinnipiac’s record to 9-5-2 (2-3-2). The Bobcats are currently 7th in the NEC standings, which means if the 4 team NEC Tournament started tomorrow they would not make it. However, the tournament does not start tomorrow and the Bobcats still have a fighting shot to qualify. In order for the Bobcats to make it they need to win both of their games this weekend and receive a bunch of help to jump past at least three other teams. The Bobcats will play their final two games against Sacred Heart in Fairfield, CT on Friday, November 2nd and Farleigh Dickinson in Teaneck, New Jersey on Sunday, November 4th.