Women’s Soccer Looks Forward to Conference and Non-Conference Games


Jacqueline Ydrovo, Beat Reporter: Quinnipiac Women's Soccer

“You’ve got to just look forward,” said head coach Dave Clarke after the teams win against Maine. Coming off a 4-1 loss against Yale, the Quinnipiac women’s soccer team hope to improve their record.

In their non-conference matchup against Maine University, the Bobcats found the win they were looking for, defeating the Black Bears 3-2. Both teams fought to get on the board in the first half, but it was not until a penalty kick from Rebecca Cooke that the Bobcats were able to get on the board at the thirty-minute mark. Through the rest of the first half, Quinnipiac lead Maine 1-0 before heading into halftime.

The second half would see both teams scoring goals, those goals coming within minutes of each other. Cooke scored her second goal of the game with an assist from Courtney Chochol, while Paige LaBerge rounded out the game with the third goal for the Bobcats. Although QU headed into the final ten minutes of the game leading 3-0, the Black Bears would put two goals of their own on the board before the end of the game. Both of the goals for Maine came from Saylor Clark, while also both being assisted by Madison Michaud.

For the Bobcats the 3-2 win came with two saves, three assists, and ten shots on goal to end the game after 90 minutes. This win for Quinnipiac marks the fifth time these two teams have faced with the Bobcats winning four out of the five meetings.

At the end of the game and after seeing her team allow two goals Cooke said, “I am happy it happened now because it is kind of a learning curve, but stuff like that can’t happen in the MAAC against the likes of Niagara, Fairfield, Rider, etc.”

After this non-conference matchup, the team will play two more non-conference games before facing Niagara in a conference matchup. For the Bobcats there is a heavy emphasis on being ready not only for the next game but for the start of conference games as well.

Looking toward their upcoming conference matchup with Niagara and the rest of the season, Clarke said, “You have to learn from the mistakes of the past. You can take the positives, but sometimes they cover over the cracks.”

Before conference play is set to begin, the Bobcats will have to face non-conference teams, Fordham University and the University of Rhode Island. QU will take the field again on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Hamden facing off against Fordham.