Bobcats look forward to a week off after losing 2-0 in home opener

Rebecca Castagna and Matt Colucci

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Photo: Rebecca Castagna

Photo: Rebecca Castagna

Creating scoring chances and putting shots on net has been one of the central issues for Quinnipiac’s men’s soccer team in the first few games of the season.

The Bobcats were outshot 10-3 against Boston College in the season opener, and 12-5 against UConn on Monday. Today’s home opener against Brown University was no different, as head coach Eric Da Costa’s squad was outshot 18-7.

Out of those seven shots only three shots reached Brown’s keeper Erik Hanson, whereas Quinnipiac’s goalie Triston Henry saw 12 shots come his way. The Bobcats are still looking for their first goal of the season, and lost to Brown 2-0, but Da Costa has complete confidence that things will pick up.

“What means the most to us is the MAAC and winning the MAAC Championship,” Da Costa said after the game. “Every game we play from now until then is an opportunity for us grow and get better as a team.”

Da Costa went on to talk about the handful of players that they are trying to work back into the lineup. Senior defender Stevenson Hawkey missed most of last year due to a leg injury. Senior and junior defenders Erik Panzer and Mikail Ellis are rotating in and out of the lineup, and Henry is still feeling out the role of the starting goalie.

“Everything for us is about building that back line and getting situated defensively,” Da Costa said. “With the exception of two goals today we’ve certainly been very good defensively and it’s just going to take some time to continue to work on that.”

Freshmen defender Oscar Evans and midfielder Colton Grob are also being worked into the lineup and already making the strides that their coaches are looking for. Da Costa said it will take time to get the offense to where it needs to be, and that as long as everyone remains patient, everything should come together.

Quinnipiac has a week off until they travel to Rhode Island next Saturday to play URI. Da Costa said they would be using the upcoming week to rest up, study film and get more familiar with one another on the field.

“It [the week off] comes at a perfect time,” Da Costa said with a smile. “Because now we can really sit back and evaluate the last three games and work on a lot of the things that we need to work on.”

 

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