The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team failed to hold onto a 2-0 first half lead on Sunday, giving up three unanswered goals in a 3-2 loss to Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y.
LIU (5-10-1, 3-5-1 NEC) junior forward Steve Jakubowski broke a 2-2 second-half tie when he headed in his second goal of the afternoon in the 89th minute. The game-winning goal was his third of the season and capped the Blackbirds’ comeback.
The Bobcats (3-11-1, 2-6 NEC) couldn’t have asked for a better start as sophomore forward Philip Suprise drilled a shot from the top of the box to notch his third goal of the season.
Quinnipiac struck again just 10 minutes later when sophomore forward William Daniels extended the Bobcats’ lead to two with his second goal of the year. Sophomore defender Will Cavallo was credited with his first assist on the goal.
Jakubowski scored his first goal of the game to put LIU on the board in the 41st minute of the first half. Sophomore forward Jakeem Jackson then equaled the score by netting his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 77th minute of the second half.
The Bobcats actually outshot the Blackbirds 14-10 on the day but failed to score in the second half against LIU goalkeeper Adam Janssen.
Quinnipiac will conclude its regular season this weekend as the team will host Monmouth and Central Connecticut State.
St. Francis (N.Y.) trumps stumbling Bobcats, 2-0
With cold and windy weather conditions in the 50s, the Quinnipiac men’s soccer team fell 2-0 in a Northeast Conference matchup against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Friday evening at the Aviator Complex.
In the 36th minute of play, St. Francis scored its first goal as freshman midfielder James Caicedo registered his first goal of the season on a deep cross from sophomore midfielder Adam Maabdi. Maabdi notched his team-leading sixth assist of the year.
The wind at the South Brooklyn soccer complex proved to be a factor in the contest as it forced many shots to go wide and high of both nets.
Despite the wind, Quinnipiac attempted to even the score late in the first half as senior midfielder Dominic Adams’ shot sailed over the hands of Terrier goalkeeper Curtis Julien.
At halftime, the Terriers managed to score the only goal on seven shots while the Bobcats attempted 12.
Senior forward Dwayne Mars nearly evened the score in the second half, but his shot destined for the top-right corner of the net was turned away by a two-handed save from the Terriers’ goalkeeper.
St. Francis increased its lead as senior defender Nick Baum scored the second goal of the game in the 66th minute of play. Baum headed the ball to the back of the net off a corner kick from freshman midfielder Kristoffer Lindfors.
Bobcat goaltender Josh Lavallee made six saves in the contest while Julien had five. The Bobcats outshot the Terriers 18-12.
(Kelley Davies contributed to this story)