By: Jamie Palatini
(HAMDEN, Conn.)-Graciano Brito’s (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) two second half goals were the difference as Quinnipiac came from behind to defeat Holy Cross 2-1 Tuesday afternoon in Hamden. Quinnipiac’s record now stands at 5-1-2. The loss drops Holy Cross to 5-2-2.
The win was Quinnipiac’s second come from behind win in four days. Last Friday, forward Dwayne Mars’ (St. Michaels, Barbados) goal in double overtime completed a 2-1 comeback victory against Columbia.
The first half saw few scoring chances for either side. Quinnipiac’s best opportunity early on came from Brito, when his header in the 20th minute was barely defected over the crossbar by Crusader goaltender Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.).
Holy Cross finally broke through in the 67th minute. Jon Werth’s (University Park, Md.) service off of a corner kick was headed in by senior midfielder Andreas Andrews (Los Angeles, Calif.) to give the Crusaders the 1-0 advantage.
Quinnipiac evened the score just nine minutes later. Brito settled a cross at the top of the box from Mars and put the shot past Booth. Brito threw off his jersey in elation, and the Bobcats were right back in the game with the score tied 1-1.
Just five minutes after Brito tied the game, he gave Quinnipiac a lead they would not relinquish. Brito settled a long ball from midfielder Johan Karlhagen (Gothenburg, Sweden), then spun around a Holy Cross defender and buried his shot in the lower right corner to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
Despite the win, the Bobcats may have suffered a long-term loss in the 87th minute. Quinnipiac’s Tolle Staffanson (Gotenborg, Sweden) was injured after going up to defend a cross in the Bobcats’ penalty box, and the injury appeared to be quite serious. Trainers rushed out to his aide, and emergency services came to field as Staffanson lay motionless for nearly 30 minutes. The athletic trainers were careful not to move Staffanson until EMT units responded, although it was unclear what the injury was, and there has been no additional information as to Staffanson’s status.
Quinnipiac may have also lost sophomore defender Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) for a period of time. Early in the second half, Soubrier’s lower left leg made contact with a Holy Cross player as he took a shot. Soubrier continued to play for nearly five minutes before finally going down and being carried off the field by trainers.
The Bobcats have a tough test ahead of them on Saturday when they travel down to Maryland to take on Loyola University. Loyola holds the top spot in the NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic regional polls with a 6-0-1 record. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.