Cooke Gets Second Hat Trick as Bobcats Celebrate the Seniors


Joey O’Donoghue

With emotions running wild, the Bobcats were ready to take on Saint Peter’s to celebrate the seniors on senior night.

The Bobcats celebrated the seniors on the team to start the day off in Hamden. Parents and siblings of players walked them down the field through an aisle of their teammates. Head coach Dave Clarke walked with star player Selena Salas as her parents could not make the trip from Spain.

“There’s a connection there,” Clarke said. “So, she wanted me and Steve or my wife to walk her out.”

The chemistry the players and coaches have with one another was evident today.

The Bobcats got off to a hot start, as Rebecca Cooke scored off a corner in the 24th minute off an assist by Salas, her 12th goal of the season.

Six minutes later, in the 30th minute, forward Courtney Chochol put one in the net which was once again assisted by Salas to bring the Bobcats to a 2-0 lead.

The Bobcats were able to score yet another goal before the end of the first half, as Cooke found the back of the net for the second time that half, and Salas picked up her third assist. Cooke and Salas lead the Bobcats in points, and Salas leads the team in assists with 9.

“It’s not a case of I need to tell her what I’m gonna do, as soon as she knows I make a movement, she plays the ball; it usually works out,” Cooke said.

They were certainly clicking today.

The second half showed the frustration Saint Peter’s was feeling as they could not keep up with Quinnipiac’s pace in the first half. The Bobcats rattled off 11 shots in that first half to Saint Peter’s 3. A total of five yellow cards were then held up in the second half, three of which went to Saint Peter’s players.

Goalkeeper Meaghan Phillips was subbed in for Sofia Lospinoso. The Bobcats have rotated the two as they both have had impressive outings in net, but Lospinoso has been the primary starter for the Bobcats this season. Phillips, though, had an incredible stop late in the second half to allow the Bobcats to keep a clean sheet. This is the Bobcats third clean sheet in a row.

Cooke completed her hat trick in the second half, scoring a goal in the 70th minute. Cooke has been on fire this season, as she leads the team in goals with 12, including her hat trick today and a double overtime game-winning goal against Marist on October 2nd, 2021.

Cooke was also given a yellow card just before the 73rd minute. She made it clear she did not want to discuss the card she received after the game.

Four goals were not sufficient for Quinnipiac today, and the seniors deserved a win in style. In the 79th minute, Olivia Kudrikow scored to give the Bobcats a 5-0 lead. This ended up being the final score in Hamden as the seniors received the best senior day present of all, a dominant home victory over Saint Peter’s. More importantly, every senior on the team saw playing time.

The Bobcat’s next game is Wednesday, Oct. 13, on the Bobcat’s home turf as they search for their fifth win in a row, and possibly their fourth clean sheet in a row.