By: Bobby Schilling
(HAMDEN, Conn.) -The Quinnipiac women’s soccer team returned from their two game road trip on Friday, only to endure their first home loss of the season. The Bobcats fell to defending NEC conference champion Monmouth by a score of 2-1 in a hard fought battle.
The first half revealed how evenly matched these two teams were. Both teams shared equal possession and got multiple scoring opportunities, though no results came out of it.
Monmouth broke the scoreless tie early in the second half. QU defenders seemed confused on a cross from the corner into the box, and they ended up deflecting the ball into their own net just over five minutes in.
The Bobcats did not allow the own goal to rattle their psyche, and they continued to fight back and try to tie the game. Sophomore Meghan McLoughlin netted a header off a corner kick with just under 20 minutes to play, and the defensive miscue was erased.
Quinnipiac coach Dave Clarke was not surprised by the way his team responded.
“They’ve done it a couple of times this year, so I knew they’re capable of doing it,” he said. “We didn’t self destruct like we might have last year.”
Late in the game, Monmouth put on a lot of pressure and mounted a powerful offensive attack. They did not want to go into overtime, and they didn’t have to. The pressure payed off with just over two minutes left when junior Andrea Lopez struck a loose ball in the box and put it in the back of the net, earning Monmouth the 2-1 victory.
The Bobcat defense seemed shaky at times in the second half, and there was some miscommunication between the goaltender Kelley and her defense.
McLoughlin, who plays defense as well as midfield, said “We all need to get on the same page and talk more.”
The Bobcats will try and do just that and bounce back at home on Sunday (12 pm.) against Mount St. Mary’s, another conference foe. Quinnipiac falls to 5-3-1 (1-1-1) while Monmouth improves to 10-1-1 (3-0-0).