By Jamie Palatini
(HAMDEN, Conn.)-Quinnipiac’s men’s soccer team played St. Bonaventure to a 1-1 draw today at Bobcat Field in Hamden. With the tie, the Bobcats remain unbeaten on the year at 2-0-1. St. Bonaventure’s record stands at 1-1-1.
Despite the 1-1 score, Quinnipiac dominated the play throughout with eight shots on goal to the Bonnies’ two. It appeared that the Bobcats had a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute off of Graciano Brito’s service across the box to Dominic Adams. But Adams’ deflection hit the crossbar, and the game remained scorelessheading into halftime.
The Bobcats’ finally broke through in the 75th minute. Freshman Durval Pereira found the loose ball in the box and hit it top shelf past goaltender David Flynn to give Quinnipiac the 1-0 lead.
But St. Bonaventure struck right back less than a minute later. Tyler Bellamy got a loose ball in the box after Freddy Hall had dove after the initial shot. Bellamy then found the back of the net and the game was tied at one.
Asthe game moved further along, tensions rose between the two teams. In the 88th minute, Brito got a step on St. Bonaventure defender Matt Culo, who had already been jawing at Quinnipiac players as well as the referees. Culo bear-hugged Brito and brought him down in order to prevent a breakaway and possibly the game winning goal. Culo was given a red card to a loud chorus of cheers from the crowd, and the Bonnies were forced to play a man down the rest of the way.
Quinnipiac also had its chances in overtime. Two minutes into the second overtime period, Brito just missed the net from the top of the penalty box. The Bobcats’ best chance to score came with just four minutes left in the game when Rodrigo Uchoa was unable to finish a centering feed from just a few feet outside the goal.
Quinnipiac will look to remain unbeaten when they travel to Canisius for their next game on Saturday, Sept. 13th at 1 p.m.
NOTES – There were seven cards given out in the game, six yellow and the one red card given to Matt Culo. Quinnipiac outshot St. Bonaventure 22-17, and led in shots on goal 8-2. Graciano Brito had 13 shots on the day, three of which hit the net. It was the first game this year in which he hadn’t scored a point; he had four goals in the Bobcats’ first two games.