By Marc Schwartz
In the last home game of a six game home stand, the Quinnipiac University men’s soccer team easily handled the Bryant University Bulldogs with a score of 3-0. This easy win was thanks in large part to freshman forward Phil Suprise, who entered this afternoon’s game with 2 goals on the year, and exited with 5. With the win, Quinnipiac remains undefeated at 5-0-5, and 2-0-1 in the Northeast Conference. Bryant drops to 3-9-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the NEC.
In a season where the Bobcats have done a very good job of sharing the wealth on the offensive front, Suprise completely dominated the ball in this game against Bryant. The hat trick, Suprise’s first of his collegiate career, could have been added to later in the game if not for some off target shots.
His first goal of the afternoon came in the 13th minute. The goal was unassisted, as Surprise kicked the ball hard along the left side of the field, inside of the 18, right at the kneeling keeper for Bryant. The ball then subsequently popped off his hands and trickled into the back of the net.
The second goal, in the 32nd minute, was scored on a breakaway. Thanks to a beautiful clearing ball from Junior Nick Pelicaen, Suprise got the ball about 36 feet away from the net, already in front of three Bulldog defenders. Suprise continued to advance the ball until he got to the top of the 18 box, where he was met by the Bryant goaltender. Suprise easily fired the ball past him to get his second goal of the afternoon.
That goal helped cap off a dominating first half for the Bobcats. Freddy Hall was seldom challenged, as the Bobcats controlled the time of possession.
The second half was the same as the first, as Quinnipiac continued to fully control the game. With a two goal lead and less than 45 minutes to play, the Bobcats played with a high level of confidence as they have for most of the year. The second half against Bryant today was no exception to this trend, as the Bobcats got one final goal from Suprise, a slow bouncer that hopped past the fingertips of a diving Bryant keeper off of a beautiful cross from sophomore Durval Pereira in the 65th minute.
“It felt really good to get that 3rd goal,” said forward Phil Suprise after the game. “Phil put himself in great position,” head coach Eric Da Costa said when asked about Suprise’s hat trick performance.
Quinnipiac will attempt to continue their hot streak as they visit Boston College next Monday, October 12. “It’s great to leave the home stand with a win…we are pleased going forward,” Da Costa said after the game.
The next home game for the Bobcats will be October 23rd against Long Island University. That game will be broadcast live online on the Bobcats Sports Network, presented by WQAQ.