Season Ends Disappointingly for Women’s Soccer
By TJ Buzzeo
The Bobcats entered the last weekend of the regular needing a couple of wins and a bunch of help from their NEC counterparts to move on to the NEC playoffs. However, standing in their way were the Sacred Heart Pioneers and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights.
On Friday, November 2nd Quinnipiac made the short trip down to Fairfield, CT to battle the Pioneers and keep their postseason dreams alive. The Bobcats fell behind early when Sacred Heart’s Allison Rojas put a shot in the back of the net 11 minutes into the contest. After the goal, Chloe Beizer and the Bobcat defense settled down and shut out Sacred Heart the rest of the way.
Unfortunately for Quinnipiac their offensive woes continued as they were unable to score a goal for the sixth consecutive game. Amber Sidoti led the Bobcat attack with three shots and two on goal however, none of her attempts were able to get by Meghan Reichelt, the Pioneers goaltender.
The Bobcats were out shot 15-11 and were also outdone in corner kicks with the Pioneers accumulating a 5-2 advantage. Quinnipiac played a very sloppy game committing 21 fouls to just ten by Sacred Heart. The win improved the Pioneers record to 3-11-4, and 3-2-3 in the NEC and with another win on Sunday propelled them into the playoffs. The loss dropped the Bobcats out of the postseason as their record worsened to 9-6-2, and 2-4-2 in NEC play.
On Sunday, October 4th the Bobcats hoped to end their season on a high note and pick up a win to end their season. The Bobcats were in good shape after a scoreless first half against Fairleigh Dickinson. However the Knights offense exploded in the second half scoring three goals and putting the game out of reach for Quinnipiac. Michelle DeCourcey started the scoring in the 68th minute when she found the back of the net and then teammate Emma Yamada scored the winning goal in the 77th minute of the game. Quinnipiac senior Mal Curran scored the first Bobcat goal in six games in the 86th minute of the game, cutting the Knight lead to one goal. Fairleigh Dickinson scored an insurance goal in the final minute of the game when Tonya Hipsman scored.
The final game of the season ended poorly for goaltender Chloe Beizer. Beizer played great all season posting seven shutouts along the way and only gave up 14 goals in 18 games. In the final game against Fairleigh Dickinson she was pulled in the 85th minute after giving up two goals which was the most she gave up in a game all year (she has given up two goals in four games this season).
The Bobcat offense which started off the season on fire was nowhere to be found once NEC play started and was one of the bigger reasons for the Bobcats late season drought. Before NEC play the Bobcats were 7-2-0 and looked well on their way to the NEC tournament. During those nine games the Bobcats scored 22 goals an average of 2.44 goals a game. After the NEC play started the offense appeared to go into hiding scoring six goals in their final nine games (five of which came in the first two) leading to an average of .67 goals a game. They also went on a streak of six games with out scoring a single goal. They finished with a 2-5-2 record in the NEC which was good for ninth (out of ten teams).
Although the season ended on a down note the team finished with a winning record for the second straight season. Also, they have many players returning with only seven seniors leaving. So, fans could expect big things to come from the Bobcats in 2008.