FLUSHING, N.Y. – Just days after earning a draw against No. 6 LIU Post, the Queens College men's soccer was taken by surprise in a 3-1 home setback to the Concordia (N.Y.) College Clippers in non-conference action on Tuesday. Prior to the game, head coach Frank Vertullo announced that the Frank & Michael Vertullo Foundation would be offering a full academic scholarship to an autistic student at Queens College for the 2018 academic year.
The defeat puts Queens at 4-5-2 overall, while Concordia improves to 3-8 on the season.
Junior András Breuer scored the lone goal for the Knights, his second in as many games and fifth of the season. Meanwhile, junior goalkeeper Robert Retnauer (3-3-1) made three saves in net for Queens.
Queens completely controlled the possession in the opening half and outshot Concordia, 11-2, with seven of those attempts going on-goal. Even with the heavy advantage, the Knights weren't able to capitalize, as Clippers goalie Jaime Gonzalez shut down the Queens attack.
Instead, it was the Clippers who found the back of the net, despite putting on nine less shots than the Knights. In the 41st minute, Freddy Nava beat Retnauer and dished the ball to Dennis Limani, who tapped it in for a 1-0 lead, as Concordia held a one-goal lead at the break.
Concordia came out stronger to start the second half and quickly added to its advantage. Limani scored his second goal of the game and seventh of the season in the 52nd minute to provide a 2-0 lead. Just minutes later, Queens faced a daunting 3-0 deficit, when Jun Cho placed in a one-timer to put Concordia in complete control.
After a Concordia foul set up a penalty kick for Queens, Breuer easily placed home his third penalty kick goal of the season in the 75th minute. Despite being down 3-1, Queens still had opportunities to come back. Breuer had a corner kick in the 82nd minute, but a header by senior Daniel Saint Louis went wide. Shortly after, junior Alejandro de Otero's shot was saved by Gonzalez, and Breuer's shot in the 85th minute drilled the crossbar, as lady luck was not on the Knights' side.
For the game, Queens registered 14 more shots than Concordia (22-8) and had double the amount of shots on goal (12-6), while the Knights held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks. Limani totaled five points for the Clippers, while Nava notched two assists.
Queens will return to East Coast Conference (ECC) play on Saturday, Oct. 14, when the Knights visit Roberts Wesleyan College for a 3:30 p.m. contest.
The Frank & Michael Vertullo Foundation was founded by Mr. Frank Vertullo, Jr., as a living tribute to his wonderful son, Michael. The foundation provides opportunities for children with special needs to attain personal achievements through scholarships and enrichment programs.
For more information on how you can enrich the life of a child living with special needs, visit the Frank & Michael Vertullo Foundation here.