Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-0-0, 0-0-0 MAAC)
at Delaware State University Hornets (0-2-0)
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 • 7:00 P.M.
Alumni Stadium • Dover, Delaware
All-Time Series vs. Delaware State (DI): 0-2-0 (0-2-0 )
Last Meeting: Sept. 7, 2008 • W, 1-0 (Away)
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The Quinnipiac women's soccer team travels to Dover, Delaware to open its 2015 road schedule on Friday, August 28 against the Delaware State Hornets. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. in the first meeting between the two teams since the 2008 season.
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
The Bobcats are a perfect 2-0-0 against the Hornets in their two meetings in program history. Quinnipiac has yet to concede a goal to Delaware State, winning 3-0 on Sept. 14, 2007 in Hamden, Connecticut and 1-0 in Dover, Delaware on Sept. 7, 2008.
Delaware State is 0-2-0 heading into the showdown with Quinnipiac on Friday after getting shutout in back-to-back games to start the 2015 season. The Hornets lost to the Lafayette Leopards, 1-0, in their home opener on Aug. 21 and traveled to Ambler, Pa. where they fell to the Temple Owls, 5-0. Last season, the Hornets finished with a 6-12-1 record and won the Independent Conference Tournament, which was a tournament amongst four independent teams: NJIT, Francis Marion and South Carolina State. Delaware State has managed just three shots and one on goal in its first two games of the season while goalkeeper Michele Lammers has made 16 saves on 21 shots in 159:52 of action. The Hornets return just four goal scorers from last season's team, with offensive star Chelsea Boursiquot graduating with six goals and two assists.
WHAT A DEBUT
Nadya Gill (Toronto, Ontario) started her Bobcat career off with a bang as she tucked home the game-winning goal 7:46 into overtime for the Bobcats. She is the first Quinnipiac women's soccer played to have her first career goal result in the game-winner since Furtuna Velaj in 2008. Gill fired six shots and three on goal for the Bobcats, by far the most on the team.
Gill was not the only freshman to tally goal in the season opener for the Bobcats as Madison Borowiec (Winsdor, Connecticut) registered her first career goal with just 19 seconds remaining in the first half to provide the Bobcats with the equalizer heading into halftime. Borowiec was the first freshman since Jessica Fontaine in 2013 to score the first goal of the season for the Bobcats.
STARTING OFF THE SEASON RIGHT
Quinnipiac started off the season on a high note with its 2-1, overtime victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders on Monday. It is the first time since the 2012 season in which the Bobcats opened up the season with a win. In 2012, the Bobcats opened up the season 3-0, starting with a 1-0 win over the Providence Friars.
Quinnipiac's youth movement was in full force in the home opener for the Bobcats against Holy Cross. Eight freshmen logged time on the field, led by Borowiec and Gill who tallied the goals for the Bobcats. Included in the group of young players, five freshman started for the Bobcats as Amanda Westman (Sundsvall, Sweden), Jess Gargan (Dublin, Ireland), Sarahkate Norton (East Bridgewater, Massachusetts), Caroline DeBonis (Flushing, New York) and Gill all started in the opener.
Goalkeeper Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Illinois) had a strong senior-season debut for the Bobcats, making six saves in the victory. It was the eighth time in her career that she had recorded at least six saves, most recently recording six saves on Oct. 22, 2014 against Manhattan. Grodzki picked up her seventh career win for the Bobcats and tied Sarah Lusto '07 for seventh on the all-time saves list with 151 in her career.
The junior class was vital in the Bobcats' 2-1 victory over Holy Cross as Joanna Proctor (Frimley, England) assisted the game-winning goal and Kelly Caruso (Rocky Hill, Connecticut) assisted the game-tying goal. Proctor's assist was the first of her career after playing 30 games in her first two seasons while Caruso notched her sixth career assist after recording a career-high four in the 2014 season.
Quinnipiac turned up the heat on the Crusaders offensively in the first game of the season, recording 14 shots with seven on goal in the victory. The Bobcats 14 shots are the fourth most recorded in a game dating back to last season, and they are now 2-1-1 when recording at least 14 shots in that timespan.
After nearly a week off, the Quinnipiac women's soccer team will return to action when it travels to Burlington, Vermont to compete in the TD Bank Classic, hosted by the University of Vermont. Joining Quinnipiac in Vermont will be the Catamounts, New Hampshire Wildcats and Kent State Golden Flashes. The Bobcats will face the Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 4 at 1:30 P.M. before taking on the Catamounts on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1:30 P.M.