SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University women's soccer team kicks off its 40th season as a program and its 11th in the Division I era on Monday afternoon when they play host to former NEC rival Quinnipiac at the Bulldog Soccer Field.
Kickoff: 4 p.m.
Live Stream: NEC Front Row (PxP: Jake Zimmer, Color: Tristan Hobbes)
Live Stats: Presto Sports
- This will be the 19th all-time meeting between the Bulldogs and Bobcats and the eighth in the Division I era in a series that dates back to 1987.
- Quinnipiac owns a 14-3-1 series advantage, including winning five of the seven Division I meetings between the schools.
Bulldogs Notes and Notables
- The Bulldogs were picked fourth in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll on Monday.
- Bryant is opening the season at home for the first time since 2014 when they hosted Hartford.
- The Bulldogs carry in the region's best defense from a season ago, recording a 0.80 goals-against average that led all New England schools. This included seven clean sheets and just four matches where they allowed multiple goals in 18 total games last season.
- Sophomores Meghan Dalton (West Hartford, Conn.) and Jamie Irwin (Succasunna, N.J.) are back to lead the Bulldogs' back line. Dalton earned seven wins between the posts last season, while Irwin was named First Team All-NEC.
- Offensively, junior Remi Manna (Pleasantville, N.Y.) leads the Bryant attack that returns eight of its top nine in points from a season ago. All in all, the Bulldogs return 73.9 percent of its 2017 scoring.
- Bryant posted a 6-1-2 home record in 2017, its best mark since turning Division I. The Black and Gold took all three points in five of their last six matches in Smithfield in 2017.
A bit about the Bobcats
- Quinnipiac was slated second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll on Monday, matching their highest selection since joining the league in 2013.
- Coming off a 9-7-3 record and a MAAC semifinal berth in 2017, Quinnipiac opened their 2018 campaign with a 4-2 loss at the hands of Boston College Friday night.
- Falling behind 2-0, Quinnipiac scored two goals in a 2:36 span but were unable to hold off the Eagles in the second 45. Lauren Triglione and Madison Borowiec scored the goals.
- Of the five players who recorded double-digit points in 2017, four of them are back for Quinnipiac, led by senior Al Pelletier and redshirt-sophomore Kelsey Goldring. Goldring was named Preseason All-MAAC on Monday.
- 2017 MAAC All-Academic Team member Olivia Myszewski returns in the net for the Bobcats after recording a 1.40 goals-against average and .783 save percentage in 2017. She made five saves on Friday night.