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Saint Peter’s downs men’s soccer
Bobcats still winless on the year
Quinnipiac men’s soccer is still winless in the 2015 season, falling to Saint Peter’s 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at the QU Soccer Field.
Despite outshooting Saint Peter’s 15-9, and out-possessing their opponent for most of the game, the Bobcats saw their overall record drop to 0-6-1 after losing the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener.
“Today was a classic case of soccer not being a fair sport. It can be cruel at times,” Quinnipiac head coach Eric Da Costa said. “You can have a good run of play, creating lots of opportunities when your opponent doesn’t do much of that, and still lose the game. It happens, and unfortunately it happens way too often in our game.”
After being dominated 5-2 in shots in the first half, St. Peter’s managed to get its offense going. The Peacocks generated 7 shots in the second half, scoring two goals for the win.
St. Peter’s first goal came on a shot from just outside the box, as Luke Fairlamb scored at 67:04 when no defender came out to challenge him. The shot, which may have been deflected, beat Triston Henry to the lower left corner of the net.
The second goal was scored at 74:47 by Louis Mobbs, who scored on a low shot past a charging Triston Henry. The goal was assisted by Jack Fisher, who found Mobbs with a long through pass to send him on a breakaway.
St. Peter’s goalkeeper Jamie Cleland posted a five-save shutout, often finding himself punching out Quinnipiac crosses and cutting off passes.
“You can train set pieces as long as you want, but at the end of the day it’s just about execution and getting a little bit lucky too,” Da Costa said. “We put a lot of them in there, we put them in great positions and made good runs off the ball, the service was good, and it’s been like that for the last few games. We’re just not getting the deflection or we’re getting balls cleared off the line…”
“I think these things balance themselves out over time and that’s what we’re hoping will be the case moving forward.”
Quinnipiac looks to bounce back on Oct. 3 when it travels to Niagara.