By: Bobby Schilling
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – The Bryant University Bulldogs outlasted the QU women’s soccer team Wednesday, 1-0. Freshman forward Brooke Duchaney delivered the blow for Bryant with 28 seconds to play in the game.
The cold and frigid weather did not seem to affect Bryant as they seemed to control possession for the majority of the game. Most of the first half was spent on the Bobcats’ defending side of the field, but Bryant had nothing to show for it.
The second half saw more of the same, but despite Bryant’s ball control, QU came out with some excellent scoring chances. Freshman Furtuna Velaj got a one-on-one opportunity with Bulldog goalkeeper Jessica Clark, who made a diving stop as Velaj tried to dribble around her. A few minutes later, junior Susan Donovan had a similar chance for the Bobcats, but her chip attempt was tipped up and over the net by Clark.
Quinnipiac keeper Jillian Kelley played superbly in net for the Bobcats, showing off her hands on a vast array of free kicks by Bryant. Unfortunately for QU, she could not keep it up for 28 seconds longer. On a broken play at the end of the game that saw two Bulldogs in front of the net and no Bobcats, Duchaney was able to flick a header past Kelley for the win.
Quinnipiac head coach Dave Clarke credited the Bulldogs saying “Bryant deserved the win.” He went on to express his disappointment with his team, saying, “We got exactly what we deserved out of the game, which was nothing.”
The Bobcats drop to 7-6-2 (3-3-2) while Bryant moves to 5-9-3. The Bobcats final regular season game is at home on Sunday at noon against CCSU. The Bobcats need a win and some help to keep their NEC playoff hopes alive.