Quinnipiac Clinches MAAC and Tournament Home Field Advantage


Credit: Quinnipiac Athletics

Ronny Watson, Beat Reporter: Quinnipiac Women's Soccer

The Quinnipiac women’s soccer team once again defended their home turf in the final game of their regular season campaign. The 3-0 victory against Mount St. Mary’s means a first-round bye for the Bobcats, along with home-field advantage throughout the MAAC playoffs.

Now with a full week to rest, the Bobcats will have to wait to find out their opponent in the MAAC semi-final on Nov. 3. One more win is all that separates Quinnipiac from making it back to the MAAC Final, where they suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat to Monmouth last season.

Following the loss, coaches set three simple goals for the team to achieve by the end of the 2022 season: complete six shutouts, retain the top seed in the MAAC, and finally win the MAAC championship. With Wednesday’s shutout win, the Bobcats crossed two goals off that list.

“We started this the day after we lost to Monmouth.” Said head coach David Clarke. “Last two years, losing in the semi-finals and the final, it wasn’t good enough. So they [the players] had to go to that next step. That requires a level of commitment and they did it, and that speaks volumes about them.”

Thanks to the Bobcat’s persevering spirit, the road to the 2022 MAAC Final runs through Hamden, Conn. The women’s soccer team will now set their sights on another chance at the program’s first conference championship in the coming weeks.