QU Men's Soccer Opens 2015 Season with Beantown Showdown Against Boston College

QU Men's Soccer Opens 2015 Season with Beantown Showdown Against Boston College

Quinnipiac University (0-0-0, 0-0-0 MAAC)
at. Boston College (0-0-0, 0-0-0 ACC)

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 • 4:00 PM

Newton Campus Soccer & Lacrosse Field • Boston, Massachusetts 
All-Time Series vs. BC (DI):
 1-8-1 (1-8-1)

Last Meeting: Sept. 4, 2014 • L, 2-0 

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will look to kick off their 2015 season with an opening victory for the first time since 2007. Standing in their way will be a tough matchup on the road as the Bobcats ship up to Boston to take on the Boston College Eagles. The Eagles defeated Quinnipiac last season 2-0 in Hamden. 

Scouting the Eagles
Boston College has dominated the all-time series against the Bobcats winning eight of the ten meetings between the two teams. The Eagles struggled in ACC play last year posting a 1-6-1 record while finishing 5-8-3 on the season. BC struggles at home going 1-4 last season and will face a Quinnipiac team that enjoyed a 4-2-2 road record in 2014. The Eagles return their top scorer in junior Issac Normesinu (Accra, Ghana) who led the team with (5) goals and (11) points. The Eagles also return their starting goalkeeper Alex Kapp (Amawalk, N.Y.) who returns for his senior year. Last season Kapp posted a (1.25) GAA, including (5) shutouts, and a (.733) save percentage. 

Ready to Lay the sMAACdown 
The Bobcats were selected second in the MAAC's preseason poll with Monmouth taking the top spot. In 2014, Quinnipiac went undefeated in the MAAC regular season earning the title of MAAC Regular Season Champions for the second year in a row. While Quinnipiac fell short in the MAAC Playoffs, the 2015 squad will look to finish the mission this season as the Bobcats return 19 letterwinners from last year.

Da Costa of Victory is High for Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac's Eric Da Costa heads into the 2015 season with back-to-back regular season conference championships under his belt. Da Costa was recognized last season as the 2014 MAAC Coach of the year after leading the Bobcats to a 7-0-3 conference record. Now entering his eleventh season at the helm, Da Costa has helped Quinnipiac rise to the top of the MAAC in just two seasons.

Three's Company
The Bobcats return three All-MAAC selections from last season's team. Senior Tobias Esche (Bremen, Germany), Junior James Doig (Liverpool, England), and  Shaquille Huggins(Trinidad and Tobago). Esche returns to anchor the Quinnipiac defense which ranked second in GAA (0.56), and goals allowed (6), while also ranking third in shutouts (5). Doig earned his second All-MAAC honor after making the All-MAAC team as a freshman. As a sophomore Doig led Quinnipiac in assists (6) while adding ten points and two goals. Huggins earned a spot on the All-MAAC Rookie Team after for his strong play and being a key player in the Quinnipiac midfield offensive attack.

Big Shoes to Fill 
Quinnipiac has big shoes to fill in the net after the two-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the year Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) finished his illustrious career last season. Junior Tristen Henry (Scarborough, Ontario) will look to fill the void as the new goalkeeper for the Bobcats. Henry has an impressive track record with back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championships in 2012 and 2013 including a 2013 campaign where he only allowed four goals. With 29 shutouts at Herkimer County Community College, Henry earned NSCAA and NJCAA All-American honors in 2013.
Up Next
Quinnipiac will head north in a Constitution State clash against the UConn Huskies on Monday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs. The Bobcats will then take on Brown for their home opener on Friday, September 4 at 4:00 p.m. on the QU Soccer Field.

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