Bercedo scores twice, leads Quinnipiac past rival Marist


Photo: Kaylyn Terry

Conor Armstrong

On a cold, rainy day in Hamden, the Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s soccer team defeated the Marist Red Foxes 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Soccer Stadium. 

First year goalkeeper Karl Netzell got the start in net for the Bobcats opposed by grad student Samuel Ilin for the Red Foxes. Netzell did not record a save on two shots, while Ilin stopped two of the five shots on goal from Quinnipiac. 

The scoring got started in the 14th minute, as Brewster, New York native Hugo Guerra netted his second goal of the season to give Marist the early 1-0 lead. The Bobcats responded with a goal of their own just 17 seconds later, as senior forward Tomas Svecula buried his fourth goal of the year. The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 as the first half came to a close.

As the second half and the rain picked up speed, so did Quinnipiac. In the 51st minute, team captain David Bercedo found a loose ball in front of the net and put it home for his eighth goal of his senior season. The Bobcats had a 2-1 lead, but their captain wasn’t satisfied. 

In the 65th minute of action, Bercedo tacked on to Quinnipiac’s lead as he broke free on a breakaway and netted his second tally of the game, his ninth of the season. The Bobcats now held a 3-1 lead with 25 minutes left in regulation. 

The Red Foxes cut Quinnipiac’s lead in half in the 73rd minute, as senior defender Demarre Montoute pounced on a rebound to score his first goal of the campaign. The Bobcats lead was now 3-2 with 17 minutes to play.

Despite a strong push from Marist in the final minutes, Quinnipiac’s defense held on to secure the 3-2 win. The victory was the Bobcat’s seventh of the season for an overall record of 7-3-1, while the Red Foxes fell to 5-4-1 on the year. 

The Bobcats will look to win their second game in a row next Wednesday, Oct. 12, as they travel to New Jersey to take on the Rider Broncs.