Women’s Soccer: Senior strike

Robin Schuppert

The Quinnipiac women’s soccer team had already clinched its first playoff berth since 2004 on Friday afternoon, but on Senior Day, a senior assured that she and the six other seniors left the field as winners in their final home game as Bobcats.

Lindsay Oliveri scored the game’s lone goal in the 39th minute to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field, the first win on Senior Day since 2004. Oliveri one-timed sophomore Kristina Del Mistro’s cross from the far side over the goalie’s head.

“It really felt great to put the one in the back of the net,” Oliveri said. “To do it on my home field was a really great feeling.”

Along with Oliveri, head coach Dave Clarke put all seven seniors in the starting lineup.

“I’ve had great affinity with all the senior classes, but this one more so, because I’ve had eight or nine years with a lot of the players,” Clarke said.

Quinnipiac sophomore forward Furtuna Velaj and Red Flash senior Brittin Grenninger led their respective teams with five shots apiece.

The Bobcats finished the year on a 7-1-1 run since the beginning of October. They finished third in the NEC with 22 points, and advanced to the playoffs for the sixth time since joining the NEC in 1998.

“We are glad we kept the momentum going,” Clarke said. “You don’t want to look back next Friday and say we enjoyed senior day too much. We didn’t want to take our foot off the gas and then pay for it later.”

Third-seeded Quinnipiac will play No. 2 Monmouth on Friday in the semifinals of the NEC Tournament at Central Connecticut State.