FLUSHING, N.Y. – Led by a two-goal performance by sophomore Emgi Gousse, the Queens College men's soccer team bounced back in convincing fashion on Saturday, defeating the Tigers of Holy Family University, 3-0, in the Knights' home opener. Gousse led the Knights with a goal in each half, as the home squad dominated from the first whistle.
With the win, the Knights improved to 1-1 on the young season, while the Tigers moved to 0-1.
For the second game in a row, Queens got off to another quick start, as a corner kick from sophomore Cristian Villalta found Gousse waiting to punch the ball past Tigers goalie Mark Pohl to take a 1-0 lead with only 8:15 gone.
Villalta later aimed for his first goal of the season, but his shot sailed wide of the net in the 13th minute. In the 16th minute, junior András Breuer almost doubled the advantage but was blocked by an alert Tigers defense. Following a foul by the Tigers, the Knights landed a free kick by the 18-yard box, allowing Breuer another chance to open his account. However, the free kick curved right into Pohl's hands. Queens took a 1-0 lead into the half, keeping Holy Family's defense busy with a 7-2 shot advantage.
In the dejected double overtime loss to Saint Michael's a day before, Queens surrendered two goals in the second half, but this time the Knights refused to let their good work go waste, keeping their foot on the pedal. Just 50 seconds into resumption, Gousse almost landed his second goal of the match but was blocked. After another free kick from Breuer was denied, Queens converted off a corner kick in the 49th minute, as Breuer increased his assist tally to two in as many games, finding classmate Firoze Mehirdel lurking at the far post to bang home a 2-0 lead.
Just mere minutes later, Gousse increased his goal tally to three on the young season on a well-deserved second goal of the match, placing home a pass from junior Vincent Companion to effectively close out the Tigers from the match for a dominating 3-0 win.
On the day, the Knights outshot the Tigers, 19-10, while the visitors held the advantage in corners, 5-4. Junior goalie Robert Retnauer (1-1) had an easy day in net for the Knights, having to make only three saves, all coming in the second half, for his first shutout of the year, while his counterpart, Pohl (0-1), was kept busy on the other side with five saves on the day.
UP NEXT: Hoping to keep the momentum going, head coach Frank Vertullo and his Knights squad continue non-conference action on Wednesday, Sept. 6, as they travel to Bloomfield, N.J., with a date against the Bears of Bloomfield College from Foley Field with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.