Men’s Soccer Heartbroken in Double Overtime Thriller

Men’s Soccer Heartbroken in Double Overtime Thriller

COLCHESTER, Vt. – On a Friday afternoon that saw both teams fighting back-and-forth, the Queens College men's soccer team (0-1) was left dejected, suffering a 3-2 loss against the Saint Michael's College Purple Knights (1-0) in non-conference action from Duffy Field. Barely three minutes gone by in the second overtime, a 25-yard shot from Cole McIntire found the upper left corner of the net to steal the 3-2 win in the season opener.

The Knights got off to a flying start at the 17:21 mark, as junior András Breuer delivered a cross from the left side, allowing sophomore Emgi Gousse to slip it past SMC goalie Gabriel Pineda to hand the Knights a 1-0 lead. Queens continued to keep Pineda busy at the goal post, as sophomore Cristian Villalta's shot was saved. Breuer almost added a goal to his first half assist but was denied by a stubborn Pineda minutes before halftime.

The Purple Knights came out firing in the second half, taking the first three shots before a goal from Jake Bannon tied the game at 1-1 with 59:01 showing on the game clock. At 71:13, Matteo Bianchini lofted a shot over Knights goalie Robert Retnauer to take a 2-1 lead. Several minutes later, Gousse almost tied the game for the Knights but was blocked, denying the forward a second goal.

Queens, refusing to go down, tied the game up, 2-2, at 84:55 on a cross from Villalta that found senior Dorie James, whose one touch out of the air sailed into the right side of the post. Gousse and Breuer looked to avoid overtime as the Knights pushed hard in the dying minutes of the second half. A shot from Gousse sailed wide before Pineda denied another shot from Breuer to send the game into overtime.

In the first overtime, both teams saw scoring chances but were unsuccessful, as Pineda worked hard to deny the Knights a season opener before McIntire found the back of the net minutes into the second overtime.

On the day, the Knights outshot the Purple Knights, 14-12, while the home team held the advantage in corners, 7-3. Pineda (1-0) faced eight shots on goal, saving six, while Retnauer (0-1) faced six shots on goal, saving three.

UP NEXT: Looking to recover quickly, the Knights open up their home slate with a non-conference matchup against the Tigers of Holy Family University on Saturday Sept. 2 from QC Soccer field at 1 p.m.