Three Goals in Eight Minutes Grabs the Bobcats 5th Straight Win


Griffin Kass

Perfection in Hamden for this 2021 campaign is still a possibility for the Quinnipiac women’s soccer team. The Bobcats took down the Canisius Golden Griffins 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Soccer Stadium.

It was an even back and forth competitive game for the first 25 minutes until the Bobcats erupted. Quinnipiac scored three goals in the span of eight minutes and 27 seconds in the first half.

Senior Selena Salas initiated the avalanche for Quinnipiac as she made it a 1-0 game with her successful penalty kick in the 25th minute. That penalty kick marks Salas’s sixth goal of the season.

Three minutes later in the 28th minute, first year Ella Gagno extended the Bobcats lead to 2-0 which resulted in her second goal of the season off a corner kick. Sophomore Courtney Chochol set Gagno up to get her fourth assist of the season with Gagno taking care of the rest by firing the ball into the upper 90 of the right side.

Junior Markela Bejleri scored the last Quinnipiac goal in the 33rd minute to also get her second goal of the season. Bejleri netted a sensational volley inside the box from first year Anna Costello. Costello is making her presence felt on this veteran Quinnipiac team by tallying her second assist of the season.

The momentum was fully on the Bobcats side heading into halftime. Canisius looked very solid in the first 25 minutes for a team that has struggled this season. Coming into Hamden at 0-6 in conference play, the Golden Griffins came out with great energy and ball movement. However, the explosion from the Bobcats starting in the 25th minute and ending in the 33rd completely deflated the Golden Griffins.

Toady’s win marks Bobcat’s head coach Dave Clarke’s 200th win.

“It’s like boxing when you knock someone down you go after them again right away, put them down the second time and you end the fight.” Clarke said about the three goals in eight minutes. “We want teams to fear us”.

The Bobcats outshot the Griffins 11-3 on net and tallied 17 total shots to the Griffins 7.

Quinnipiac went into this contest without their leading goal scorer Rebecca Cooke. The sophomore has scored 12 goals in 11 games this season. However, her teammates had her back in getting their tenth win of the season.

It’s important to get hot at the right time in any sport and the Bobcats are clicking on all cylinders with the MAAC playoffs right around the corner. They look like a force to be reckoned with and if today was any indication, no team should want to face them in an elimination playoff game.

The Bobcats will look to make it six wins in a row on Saturday, Oct. 16, as they travel to Siena to take on the Saints in a MAAC women’s soccer showdown.