Quinnipiac Women’s Soccer Falls to Manhattan at Home


(Photo: Liz Flynn)

Shannen Tierney

For the second week in a row, the Quinnipiac women’s soccer team found its in double overtime.

The Bobcats allowed two free-kicks and a corner in the last few minutes of overtime, giving Manhattan multiple chances before Lindsey Healy was able to get one in the back of the net for the Jaspers with just over three minutes left in double overtime.

While the Jaspers stormed the field, the Quinnipiac players bowed their heads in defeat. They lost 2-1 at home.

Head coach Dave Clarke said that allowing the free kicks and corner was the difference-maker in the loss.

“There’s a way to win in overtime, there’s a way to lose in overtime. We found a way to lose,” Clarke said. “The big key with that too is game management. They had an older team with more experience, and they managed it better. We didn’t.”

The game had originally gotten off to a fast start when Manhattan’s Tia Painilainen set up Alexa Chapman on a breakaway nearly two minutes into the game. Sofia Lospinoso, who started in net for the Bobcats, came off the line to try and make the save, but Chapman snuck the ball between her legs to put the Jaspers up 1-0 early.

First-year Rebecca Cooke has been a difference-maker in her first few games as a Bobcat. She was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row and had several opportunities in today’s match. Cooke had a shot go off the post early in the first half and later was able to get the ball in the back of the net late in the half, but the goal did not count after she was called offside.

The frustrations of the first half didn’t discourage her though, as she scored in the third minute of the second half to make it a tie-game.

The Bobcats dominated the rest of the second half. They made 13 shots while the Jaspers couldn’t get one as they struggled to create opportunities on offense.

Olivia Kudrikow nearly put the game away for the Bobcats in the 89th minute but her shot went off the crossbar, sending the game into overtime.

Clarke cited his players not watching for rebounds or deflections as one of the reasons they aren’t scoring more.

“You’ve got to be brave. You’ve got to want to go in for rebounds,” he said. “It’s like basketball across the board. It’s like hockey when the puck goes off the goalkeeper. Right now, we’re not scoring so they got to go for the deflection. The majority of goals are like that.”

The Bobcats won’t have much time to dwell on this loss. They’ll be traveling to West Long Branch, New Jersey, on Saturday to take on the defending MAAC champion Monmouth Hawks at 6:00 p.m.