By: Bobby Schilling
(Hamden, CONN.) – The women’s soccer team got back on the winning track Friday afternoon as they defeated Farleigh Dickinson University, 4-1. The victory snapped the Bobcats’ five-game conference winless streak. Freshman Furtuna Velaj and sophomore Meghan McLoughlin shined for the Bobcats as they each scored twice. Velaj and sophomore Kyle Miles also had one assist each.
The Bobcats inflicted their will upon the Knights from the opening whistle, although they didn’t capitalize on any opportunities until 20 minutes in, when McLoughlin put a header in the back of the net off a cross from Velaj.
FDU was able to respond just three minutes later, when sophomore Lisa-Marie Curti advanced past the defense to get her head on a free kick into the box to knot the score at one goal apiece.
Velaj regained the lead for the Bobcats with under 17 minutes to play in the half when she used some fancy footwork to elude defenders in the corner and fire a rocket into the back of the net. This time, however, the Knights would not have an answer.
In the second half, QU continued to dominate. McLoughlin and Velaj each tacked on another goal, securing the 4-1 victory.
The offensive outpouring came after the Bobcats had been held scoreless in their previous two games. McLoughlin said that the key was to play free and without any pressure. “We didn’t go out saying we have to win, we just went out and had fun and played as a team,” she said.
QU head coach Dave Clarke expressed the importance of the win. “We need to make teams eliminate us; we didn’t want to lose today and get knocked out [of possible post-season competition],” he said.
Quinnipiac improves to 6-5-2 (2-3-2) with the win, and FDU falls to 6-9-0 (3-3-0). The Bobcats host Sacred Heart at noon on Sunday in their final home game of the season as they look to make a push for the Northeast Conference tournament.
“I guarantee none of the other three teams would want to play us in the semifinal,” Clarke said.