DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Queens College men's soccer team nearly overcame a two-goal deficit, but the Knights ultimately came up short on the road to the Mercy College Mavericks in East Coast Conference (ECC) action Saturday.
Junior Paul Hayes had a hand in both goals with his first two assists of the season. In the second half, Queens (3-4-1, 0-2-1 ECC) outshot Mercy (6-3, 2-1 ECC) by four with a pair of goals, but the comeback attempt came up short.
In the 26th minute, Mercy opened things up, as Danny Gavin dropped in a goal. Less than 10 minutes later, Patricio Laffaye added to the lead, scoring on an assist from Gavin.
Facing a 2-0 halftime deficit, the Knights fought back, as sophomore Pedro Lamarre buried a cross from Hayes for his fourth goal of the season in the 53rd minute. Ericson Penate quickly tried to slow the Knights' momentum, converting on a header 2:23 later.
Hayes added his second assist in the 65th minute, this time finding brother James Hayes, who made it a 3-2 game with a header for his first Queens goal. However, the Knights couldn't convert on their five shots from there, leading to the 3-2 final.
For the game, Queens had the advantage in shots on goal, 8-7, despite Mercy holding the edge in shots, 16-12. Kwantarian Van der Lara (6-3) made six saves in net for the Mavericks, while junior Chidiebere Iloka (0-2) made four stops in goal for Queens. Lucca Lacerda had two assists for Mercy.
Queens will look to bounce back when the Knights visit St. Thomas Aquinas College on Wednesday, Oct. 4, for a 3 p.m. ECC tilt.