By Marc Schwartz
October 4, 2009
HAMDEN – The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team was able to successfully bounce back from a disappointing tie against Robert Morris just two days ago, as they defeated the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash with a 3-0 win this afternoon.
After a game against Robert Morris in which the Bobcats struggled immensely on the offensive side of the ball, they put out their best offensive effort of the season. St. Francis controlled the time of possession for the first 15 minutes, but after that Quinnipiac took over.
QU’s first goal of the afternoon came on a one-timer off a free kick in the left corner of the field from sophomore Durval Pereira to junior midfielder Dominic Adams in the 20th minute. The ball sailed over a large group of St. Francis (PA) defenders and Quinnipiac players to the conveniently placed right foot of Adams at the top right corner of the 18, and Adams’ deflection slid past the diving St. Francis goalkeeper It was Adams’s first goal of the season, and it gave Quinnipiac the early 1-0 lead which they held going into the second half.
In the 51st minute of the game, Adams found himself in the middle of the action once again. He was awarded a penalty kick as he was tackled inside of the St. Francis (PA) box. Senior defenseman Pierre Soubrier took the kick and was able to knock the ball past the Red Flash keeper to give the Bobcats the 2-0 edge. The keeper responded with an unsportsmanlike conduct yellow card, one of a total 4 yellow cards in the game, 3 of which were unsportsmanlike conduct cards.
The Bobcats capped the scoring in the 65th minute when freshman forward Phil Suprise was able dribble the ball around a couple of defenders to the top of the 18 box. Suprise then fired a shot off of his left foot past the diving keeper into the back of the net for his second goal of the season
The game ended with a bang for the Bobcats when the Red Flash were awarded a penalty kick with only six seconds remaining in the game. But Quinnipiac senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall dove to his right and made a phenomenal save, then punted the ball up into the sky as the horn sounded. It was Hall’s fifth shutout of the season, and Quinnipiac came away with the 3-0 victory.
Quinnipiac head coach Eric Da Costa was very pleased with his team’s effort, saying he was “thrilled by the clean sheet” that the team put up. Overall, it was a solid effort put forth by the Bobcats, who dominated offensively and defensively, along with brilliant goalkeeping by Freddy Hall.
Da Costa’s squad will look to stay undefeated when close out a six-game home stand against Bryant University on October 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live online on the Bobcats Sports Network, presented by WQAQ.