NEC News of Day: Hat Tricks Power Quinnipiac on the Pitch and AstroTurf

Scoring three goals in a game isn’t a feat that happens every day, but it happened twice at Quinnipiac on Wednesday.

Freshman forward Ola Ogunjobi put the Bobcats into the win column for the first time this season when he found the back of the net thrice during the men’s soccer team’s 4-3 win over intrastate rival Hartford. 

While Ogunjobi was busy on the pitch, senior Kimberly Cuniff was hard at work on the field hockey turf only yards away.  Cuniff recorded her first career hat trick, providing all of the Bobcats’ scoring in a 3-2 win over Patriot League member Lehigh.

Neither athlete had achieved the hat trick heading into the final 2:00 of their respective games, but both managed to complete the feat in dramatic fashion.

Ogunjobi, who had pulled Quinnipiac even at 2-2 with his marker in the 61st minute, sent a shot from the right-hand corner of the penalty box to beat Hartford’s keeper for his third goal of the day, the game winner, in the 89th minute.

Cuniff had scored a pair of first-half tallies off penalty corners, and with the final seconds of regulation ticking way in a tie game, the Bobcats earned another corner.  The ball again found its way onto Cuniff’s stick and the senior captain fired it into the cage as time expired.

Quinnipiac will again host men’s soccer and field hockey games on the same day come October 9.  Can it happen again?

Related Articles

Cunniff’s Hat Trick Powers Field Hockey – Quinnipiac Athletics
Ogunjobi Hat Trick Carries Men’s Soccer – Quinnipiac Athletics

Here’s What Ogunjobi and Cunniff had to say afterwards…

 

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