Providence blanks winless men’s soccer

Andrew Spero

The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team fell short in a bid to capture its first win of the year against Providence Saturday, losing 1-0 on the road.

The loss at Providence’s Glay Field dropped the Bobcats to 0-4, while the Friars improved to 3-1-1. The Bobcats start their conference schedule Oct. 1 against Monmouth, which beat Quinnipiac in last year’s NEC Championship game, 2-1.

The Bobcats failed to cash in on four shots on goal in the first half, opposed to only one by Providence. Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando was the difference, turning back each Quinnipiac shot in the half.

The Friars picked up their play in the second half, as they broke through in the 64th minute on a goal from sophomore midfielder Wilder Arboleda, his third of the year. Freshman Anthony Baumann served as the playmaker, crossing the ball in front of Quinnipiac’s net where Arboleda finished from the 6-yard box. The second half goal held up for the Friars, as the Bobcats couldn’t target any shots on net in the closing half.

The Bobcats have only mustered one goal in their first four contests of the season. Sophomore forward Philip Suprise tried to change that as he took three of the team’s combined four shots on goal while firing eight shots overall.

Sophomore goalie Josh Lavallee got his first start in net for the Bobcats and stopped five of the six shots sent his way.

Quinnipiac returns to Bobcat Field Tuesday when its cross-town rival Yale Bulldogs visit at 4 p.m.