ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Queens College men's soccer team continues to keep its fans in nail-biting moments, as the Knights competed in another 3-2 comeback win Saturday afternoon. Junior Saufyane Ilboudo found the game-winner in the 83rd minute to propel the Knights past the Redhawks of Roberts Wesleyan College in East Coast Conference (ECC) action.
With the win, the Knights continue to make a late push into the playoffs, as they move into sixth place in the ECC with an overall record of 5-5-2 and 2-2-2 in conference play. Meanwhile, the Redhawks moved to 3-10 overall and 1-5 in the ECC.
The Knights looked to get on the board quickly in the fourth minute, as junior Alejandro de Otero's shot was saved by Redhawks goalie John Ciavaglia. Queens continued to keep the pressure on, keeping the Redhawks' defense busy in the first half. But it was the Redhawks who opened the floodgates, as Juan Ospina-Betancurt found the back of the net in the 25th minute to give Roberts Wesleyan a 1-0 lead.
However, the lead was short-lived, as sophomore Emgi Gousse knotted the game at 1-1 just minutes later for his ninth goal of the season. After a foul in the box earned the Knights a penalty kick, junior András Breuer's shot was saved by a diving Ciavaglia who remained a thorn in the Knights' side. Queens held a 5-1 shot-on-goal advantage, but the score was tied at the half.
In the second half, the Knights kept the same intensity as they looked to lock the game up. Gousse looked to give Queens a 2-1 lead but was denied in the 59th minute. After the Knights were found to be offsides on three possessions, de Otero found the back of the net in the 74th minute with an 18-yard screamer through Ciavaglia's legs to give the Knights a 2-1 advantage.
However, the Redhawks were not to be undone, as Sam Moody tallied a goal to tie the game, 2-2, in the 80th minute, keeping the Knights on their toes. As the regulation clock entered the last 10 minutes of play, Ilboudo beat Ciavaglia for his second game-winner of the season to give the Knights a 3-2 win over the Redhawks.
On the day, the Knights held the advantage in shots (16-11), shots on goal (10-6) and corner kicks (10-6). Junior goalie Robert Retnauer faced six shots on goal, saving four, while Ciavaglia was kept busy, denying seven of the Knights' 10 shots on goal.
UP NEXT: The Knights will look to keep their momentum as they fight for a postseason spot on Wednesday, Oct. 18, when they play host to the Wildcats of Daemen College (5-9 overall, 1-4 ECC) with kickoff slated for 3 p.m. Last year, the Knights were victorious in a 3-2 thriller, as Breuer netted the game-winner in the 57th minute.