Undefeated Home Record Snapped by Iona as Women’s Soccer Prepares for MAAC Tournament Play


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Simon Brady

The Quinnipiac Bobcats undefeated home record was snapped by the Iona Gaels on Wednesday afternoon with a 2-1 defeat.

Entering the matchup, the Bobcats had given up just one goal in their previous four games combined. Their stifling defense continued in the first half Wednesday as they blanked the Gaels and allowed just two shots on goal.

However, the Bobcats were held at bay as well outside of an early penalty kick score by senior midfielder Selena Salas in the third minute.

From that point, Quinnipiac’s offense was filled with missed opportunities.

“We were dominating and then wasted chances to make it 2-0,” said head coach Dave Clark. “They’ve all played the game long enough to know that the second goal takes the emotion out of the game.”

While Quinnipiac struggled on offense, Iona capitalized in a big way to open the second half. Freshman forward Kedarjah Lewis had a sweet top right corner goal on a breakaway in the 51st minute to tie the contest up, 1-1.

Just a short while later, sophomore defenseman Kayla Thomas picked a great time for her first goal of the season. Bobcat sophomore goalie Sophia Lospinoso couldn’t corral a corner kick header off the tip as it spurted in for the Gaels in the 66th minute.

As aforementioned, this was the first match in five games that the Bobcats had conceded more than one goal.

“It’s the little things you’ve got to keep doing. We didn’t do it against Sienna, and then again today,” said Clark, “When everything’s flowing it’s fine, but when it’s not, you’ve got to find another way to manufacture goals, one take your chances and two don’t make mistakes.”

Iona never looked back from that 2-1 lead, as all six shots on goal for Quinnipiac were erased in a shut-out effort by the Gaels in the second half of play.

“You’ve got a team on the ropes, you’ve got to score,” said Clark. “They we’re just hanging in. You can’t complain about losing games when you don’t score. So, credit to them, but, we didn’t do what we needed to do.”

The Bobcats will try to bounce back this Saturday afternoon as they go on the road to take on Rider. Only two games remain until MAAC tournament play.