By Marc Schwartz
October 3, 2009
HAMDEN – The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team opened up their conference schedule this past Friday against Robert Morris at home. The Bobcats entered the game 3-0-4, while Robert Morris was 0-9. This was a game in which the Bobcats were looking to get their conference schedule off to a good start. Unfortunately for Quinnipiac, a subpar effort resulted in a disappointing outcome.
Quinnipiac opened up the game on this cloudy, cool Friday afternoon with some solid play. “We started the first 15 minutes strong, but then we slowed down from there. We stooped down to their level of play,” freshman defenseman Greg DiGiovine said.
This was exactly the case, as the Robert Morris Colonials slowly but surely got the time of possession in their favor as the first half continued. Thanks to a brilliant diving save by Bobcat keeper Freddy Hall in the 34th minute, Quinnipiac was able to head into the half tied with the Colonials, though at halftime one not sure what the records of each team were might have thought that Robert Morris was the undefeated team.
Despite the numerous, sporadic offensive spurts, the Bobcats were not able to notch a goal against Robert Morris in the second half. This lack of offensive production, which has plagued Quinnipiac throughout the entire season, continued through the first and second overtimes as the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
“The outcome was not what we were looking for…it felt like a loss to us” stated DiGiovine.
The Bobcats were easily the favorites going into this matchup against the Colonials. A game considered an “easy win” turned into a disappointing tie. Though they remain undefeated, Quinnipiac was obviously not happy with their effort.
Quinnipiac looks to improve their NEC conference record on Sunday at noon, when they take on St. Francis (PA). The game will be broadcast over the WQAQ Soccer Stream, as Alex Birsh and Robin Schuppert will bring the call on the Bobcats Sports Network, presented by WQAQ.