FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The second-seeded Quinnipiac University men’s soccer team battled top-seeded Monmouth University to a scoreless tie through 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods, but the Bobcats edged Monmouth 4-3 in penalty kicks to win the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship.
The Bobcats, who improved to 9-4-6 overall, take the MAAC’s automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship, their first ever. The Bobcats will learn who and where they will be playing when the 64-team field is announced during the NCAA’s Men’s Soccer Division I Selection Show on Monday, Nov. 18 at noon. The show can be seen be seen on live www.NCAA.com.
In a tribute to how well-balanced the 2013 championship field was, all three matches of the 2013 MAAC Men’s Soccer Championship were decided by penalty kicks. Monmouth advanced to the championship round by edging Manhattan 3-0 in the first semifinal on Friday, while Quinnipiac had a 7-6 advantage in PKs over Iona in Friday’s second semifinal.
In the title matchup, both teams converted three of their first four penalty kicks. With PKs tied at 3-3, Quinnipiac’s Simon Brossier successfully converted his attempt beyond the outstretched reach of Monmouth goalie Eric Klenofsky to give the Bobcats a 4-3 edge. Quinnipiac goalkeeper Borja Angoitia then blocked the next Monmouth effort to seal the decision for the Bobcats.
It was a defensive-oriented and highly spirited match throughout. Angoitia, Quinipiac’s fine netminder who was the 2013 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year, was credited with five saves, while Klenofsky, who was second-team All-MAAC had three saves. Quinnipiac outshot the Hawks 16-9, and had a 9-4 edge in corner kicks.
Machel Baker had perhaps Qunnipiac’s best chance at scoring with approximately 18:50 left in the second regulation period, but his shot from about three yards went right of Klenofsky and out of bounds for a goal kick.
Monmouth’s Derek Luke took a shot from the top of the box with 10 minutes remaining in regulation, but Angoitia was able to bat the difficult try away for the save and ensuing corner kick.
Angoitia was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championship. He was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Tobi Esche, Brandon Strain-Goode and Simon Hinde; David Acuna Camacho, Joseph Schmid and Matt Jeffery of Monmouth; Franklin Castellanos and Sammy Adjei of Iona; and Daniel Festa and Jake Scavetta of Manhattan.