QU Men's Soccer Hits the Road for Clash with UConn on Monday at 7 PM

QU Men's Soccer Hits the Road for Clash with UConn on Monday at 7 PM

Quinnipiac University (0-1-0, 0-0-0 MAAC)
at. University of Connecticut (0-0-1, 0-0-0 AAC)

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 • 7:00 PM

Joseph J. Morrone Stadium • Storrs, Connecticut 
All-Time Series vs. UConn:
 0-2-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 21, 2013 • L, 2-1 

CONNECTICUT CLASH
After dropping the season opener, the Bobcats return to their home state to take on the University of Connecticut Huskies. Quinnipiac will play their second consecutive road game to start the season when they travel to Storrs on Monday, August 31st with game time set for 7 p.m. from Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
In their first game of 2015, UConn tied St. Francis Brooklyn in a scoreless game. In a defensive game, the Huskies recorded just two shots on goal through the first 90 minutes while holding the opposition to three shots on net. Last season, UConn finished 10-6-3 overall and 6-1-1 in the American Athletic Conference. In the AAC tournament, the Huskies fell in the semifinals to USF in penalty kicks. UConn will rely heavily on the 2014 AAC Conference Rookie of the Year, midfielder Cheikh Stephane Coly after losing both the offensive and defensive player of the year.

ALL-TIME AGAINST UCONN

Entering Monday's matchup, the Bobcats are 0-2 all-time against the University of Connecticut. After winning the conference tournament in 2013, the Bobcats fell to UConn in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 2-1. Quinnipiac scored in the 73rd minute to tie the game, but No. 10 UConn took the lead for good with nine minutes to play.

LAST TIME OUT
In their season opener, the Bobcats fell in a defensive battle against Boston College, 1-0. Quinnipiac recorded just three shots including only one on goal. QU has now lost six consecutive season openers.

UNBEATEN STREAK SNAPPED
Quinnipiac lost their first game in nearly one year against Boston College. The Bobcats finished the 2014 season with 13 straight games without a loss. QU's last defeat came at the hands of Holy Cross on September 17, 2014.

FRESH FACES
Three Bobcats made their first career starts for Quinnipiac in the season opener. Junior goalkeeper Triston Henry, freshman midfielder Oscar Evans, and freshman forward Rashawn Dally all made their debuts in the starting lineup.

FIRST GAME JITTERS

The Bobcats have now lost their season opener for the sixth consecutive year. The last time they did not fall in the first game came on September 5, 2009 in a 1-1 tie against Yale.

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 Tournament, the 2015 squad will look to finish the mission this season as the Bobcats return 19 letterwinners from last year.

MAAC PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

1.         Monmouth (111)
2.         Quinnipiac (95)
T3.        Iona (87)
T3.        Rider (87)
4.         Fairfield (83)
5.         Siena (77)
6.         Canisius (52)
7.         Marist (44)
8.         Manhattan (39)
9.         Saint Peter's (26)
10.        Niagara (25)

DA COSTA VICTORY IS HIGH FOR BOBCATS
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, junior James Doig, and sophomore Shaquille Huggins. 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.

PRESEASON ALL-MAAC

Quinnipiac had two student-athletes selected to the with preseason honors. Both Esche and Doig were tabbed to repeat on the All-MAAC Team.

BIG SHOES TO FILL 
Quinnipiac has big shoes to fill in the net after the two-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the year Borja Angoitia finished his illustrious career last season. Junior Triston Henry 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 return to Hamden for their home opener on Friday, September 4. The Bobcats will host the Brown University Bears at 4 p.m. from the QU Soccer Field.

FOLLOW THE BOBCATS
Fans can follow Quinnipiac Men's Soccer and all of the Quinnipiac teams on QuinnipiacBobcats.com or on twitter at QUAthletics. You can also follow Quinnipiac Men's Soccer on Twitter at QU_MSOC.