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Late-season wins propel women’s soccer to NEC Tourney
As the regular season drew to a close, the women’s soccer team clinched a spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament and set a season record for most goals scored in a single game. The Bobcats shut out the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Sunday afternoon, 6-0, on Senior Day at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.
The Bobcats (7-7-3, 5-2-3 NEC) reached another milestone, as they scored three goals in the first eight minutes of the game.
Nearing the three-minute mark, sophomore midfielder Shauna Edwards shot the ball past FDU goalie Stephanie Tanzi off a corner kick by junior forward Furtuna Velaj.
Less than two minutes later, Velaj added to the Bobcats’ lead. Off a corner kick by freshman midfielder Aine McKeever, Velaj received the ball on the opposite side of the net and sank it into the top-left corner.
At 7:40, senior defender Kyla Miles took a free kick into FDU’s defensive zone. Sophomore Jillian Strassner picked up the ball and sent it toward the goal. Tanzi got a grip on the ball, but it slipped through her hands and into the net.
The Bobcats didn’t stop there. At 19:33, McKeever utilized another corner kick. She set the ball up at the corner and took the shot, sending the ball directly into the top right corner of the net.
With less than 13 minutes remaining in the half, Edwards got her second point of the game when she assisted senior forward Lauren Peacock’s goal. Edwards passed the ball through two FDU defenders to Peacock, who shot the ball into the lower-left corner.
The Knights (2-16-0, 2-8 NEC) entered the second half with renewed fervor. They had eight shots on Bobcat goalie Jillian Kelley and only allowed Quinnipiac to take four shots compared to their 10 in the first half.
Despite the revived effort, the Bobcats were able to put one more goal on the board to beat the Knights 6-0. At 63:03, McKeever headed the ball to junior midfielder Kristina Del Mistro, who then dribbled the ball through two FDU defenders and rocketed the ball over Tanzi’s head.
Photo credit: Zach Abrams