Dominate Performances as Quinnipiac Cruises to 3-0 Win Over Fairfield


Marvin Argueta

Quinnipiac women’s soccer team won their regular-season finale 3-0 over Fairfield on Wednesday before beginning the playoffs. The Bobcats finished with a 12-4 overall record and 6-3 in the MAAC conference, as they finished the season strong by winning their final two games.

Entering the game, Quinnipiac won four of the last five games against Fairfield. The last three meetings have only been a difference of three goals.

Coming into the game, Quinnipiac needed a victory to secure the no. 2 seed in the MAAC. On the other side, Fairfield was looking for their first win over Quinnipiac since November of 2019.

In the first ten minutes, Quinnipiac was on the attack with three shots.

Afterwards, in the 23rd minute, Markela Bejleri found the back of the net to score her fourth goal of the season which was assisted by Selena Salas and Emily Loney. After scoring, Quinnipiac maintained possession and controlled the tempo of the game.

Before the end of the half, Bejleri had a stunning strike to put Quinnipiac 2-0 going into halftime. A possible hat trick alert for the Junior as she scored her second goal of the game and fifth goal this season.

“It’s honestly desired to get to the box and get at the end of passes and take my time when I get them,” Bejileri said. “Trying to get feisty and don’t let off.”

In the second half, Fairfield tried to adjust but Quinnipiac continued to create chances with their possession. Fairfield did not have a shot on goal until 6oth minute. Seven minutes later, Grechen Knon scored her first goal of the season as Quinnipiac scored their third goal of the game. Salas grabbed her second assist of the game and now leads the team in points.

Salas finished the regular season with eight goals and 12 assists. Rebecca Cooke finished second in points with 12 goals and two assists.

Goalkeeper Sofia Lospinoso locked in her third shoutout of the season and finished the regular season with even wins and two losses.

Dave Clarke’s squad maintained full control of the game and fought for their second straight shutout headed into the postseason.

“The goal we set ourselves to have three home games or two home games,” Clarke said.  “Whoever we play, we still have to go win that game. You don’t get the second game without winning the first one. We got one game, win the first game to get to the second game.”

After the loss, Fairfield finished the regular season with a winning record of 9-6-3 and already clinched a playoff berth in the MAAC.

The MAAC playoff will begin on Sunday with both teams awaiting their next opponents. The Bobcats sit as the no. 2 seed just behind Monmouth who grabbed the no. 1 seed in the MAAC conference. The Bobcats will look to continue their momentum heading into the playoffs as they take on Marist on Sunday at home.