Velaj, Bobcats pounce on Highlanders


By: Bobby Schilling


(HAMDEN, Conn.)– The Quinnipiac University women’s soccer team got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon, easily handling the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 6-0.  Freshman standout Furtuna Velaj continued her scoring ways, notching five of the Bobcats’ six goals in the rout.  Freshman Chelsea Smith added a goal of her own, and juniors Olivia Kravitz, Lindsay Oliveri, and Susan Donovan all had an assist.


The Bobcats jumped all over the Highlanders right from the start.  Velaj began her brilliant day just over seven minutes in, when she scored on a breakaway.  The rest of the Bobcats treated the opponent the same way, outplaying NJIT in every aspect.  Relentless pressure and excellent ball handling displayed by midfielders Kara Barrepski and Kristina Del Mistro helped QU dominate ball possession and seemingly win every 50/50 ball.


Velaj scored later in the half on a penalty kick, and then again on a great individual effort with a chip shot from ten yards outside the box over the goalie’s head to earn the first half hat trick.  The Bobcats led 3-0 at the break.


The second half yielded much of the same, with Quinnipiac controlling possession of the ball, stretching the field, and extending the defense.  Solid defense throughout the game from the Bobcat defenders made life easy for goalkeeper Jillian Kelley, and hard on NJIT as they failed to achieve a legitimate scoring opportunity.  Velaj poured in two more goals and Smith put the last one in to cap off a 6-0 victory for the Bobcats.


Quinnipiac improves to 3-2 on the season, and NJIT falls to 1-8.  The next game for the Bobcats is at Friday at home against Canisius.


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