Quinnipiac men’s soccer can’t score in loss to Iona

The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team lost 1–0 for the fifth time of the year on Wednesday when the Iona Gaels defeated them at home.

“It’s friggen frustrating. We were the dominant team for the whole game,” senior midfielder Max Rothenbuecher said. “I remember they had two chances, and one of them was a goal and we couldn’t capitalize on our chances.”

Iona junor forward Killian Colombie got the game’s lone goal just a few minutes into the second half when he took the ball along the far side of the field and took a shot inside the right part of the box. His shot went by Bobcats sophomore goalie Chrys Iakovidis and to the opposite post, rolling into the net.

“There were quite a few mental lapses,” Da Costa said. “Players just stepping in the wrong areas. The ball goes out for a throw in and we don’t pick up the free player…just a comedy of errors.”

The Bobcats did have their chances to tie the game up, as they got off 11 shots in the final 40 minutes, but only one was on net. Quinnipiac had four corner kicks, too.

“As the game wore on, we became more desperate,” Da Costa said. “You look for a second ball to fall in and get in an opportunity off of that.”

The Gaels also got a red card when senior forward Matias Correa made a dangerous slide tackle at midfield. Correa was called for a yellow card nine minutes prior. But the red card came with 12 seconds left, giving Quinnipiac just one chance from a free kick at midfield. The free kick failed to connect with a Bobcat and the Gaels cleared the ball out, securing the win.

“The 50–50 balls that we crossed into the box we would’ve wished we got them the ball more often,” Rothenbuecher said on the team’s crossing opportunities. “That didn’t happen. Maybe that’s something we have to look at.”

The game was also physical as the Gaels were whistled for 20 fouls and the Bobcats were called for seven. Junior defenders Chris Casagranda and Derek Parker were the two Bobcats who got yellow cards, but the team also got one too. Freshman forward Lenworth Lopez got the other yellow card for Iona.

“There’s some history there,” Da Costa said. “I don’t think there’s any love lost between the plays in both programs in a respectful way. We knew it was going to be a tough match where players would put a little bit extra.”

Even though the two teams combined for 20 shots, each team only had three shots on goal. Iakovidis had two saves for the Bobcats while sophomore goalkeeper Juan Alcantara had three saves for the Gaels.

The Bobcats followed up Wednesday’s loss with a 1–0 win over Manhattan on Saturday. They’ll play again next Saturday when they host Marist.

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