By Jamie Palatini
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – Samson Malijani’s first half goal on a penalty kick was all Fairleigh Dickinson needed as the Knights defeated Quinnipiac 2-0 on Friday in Hamden. With the win, FDU improves to 7-3-1 overall, and 2-1 in NEC play. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 6-4-2 overall, and 1-2 in the NEC.
Malijani’s goal came 20 minutes into the game. An FDU forward sent a cross into Quinnipiac’s penalty box which struck freshman Durval Pereira in the arm. The play gave Malijani a penalty kick, and he made the most of the opportunity. Malijani’s shot found the left corner of the net as Quinnipiac netminder Freddy Hall dove to the right, and FDU had a 1-0 lead.
The Knights held the 1-0 advantage until the 82nd minute, when they doubled their lead. Chris Faraone received a corner kick from Malijani, and leaped up to head it past Hall to make it 2-0.
Quinnipiac had only a few scoring opportunities, the best of which came in the second half. With the score still 1-0, Pereira headed a corner kick from Pierre Soubrier just over the crossbar of the FDU net.
The Bobcats also had a few non-calls go against them. Graciano Brito, the Bobcats’ leading goal scorer, was taken down in the penalty box twice while the score was 1-0. No call was made on either play, and Quinnipiac was unable to get few quality shots.
FDU’s Majdi Zaineh made five saves to earn the clean sheet. Freddy Hall made three saves in the loss for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac will look to rebound on Sunday when they host intrastate rival Sacred Heart University at noon.