FLUSHING, N.Y. – For the fifth time this season, the Queens College men's soccer team went into overtime, this time suffering a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat to the Daemen College Wildcats from the QC Soccer Field on Wednesday. Junior Saufyane Ilboudo scored both goals for the Knights.
The setback puts Queens at 5-6-2 overall and 2-3-2 in the East Coast Conference (ECC), stumbling upon a speedbump in its quest for an ECC playoff berth. Daemen improves to 6-9 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
It was Ilboudo's first multi-goal game of the season. The junior has scored four goals in the six games he has appeared in, including three in the last two contests.
Ilboudo opened up the scoring in the 34th minute off an assist from junior John Romero to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. That lead didn't last long, as Craig Buchanan tied things up at one apiece with a Daemen goal off a cross from Noah Keem in the 38th minute, leading to an even score at halftime.
The Wildcats nearly took the lead in the 59th minute, but Nik Ringdahl Bohlin's shot hit the crossbar. Queens put the pressure on with six shots over the first 30 minutes of the second half, and the Knights were rewarded in the 76th minute, when Ilboudo tallied his second goal of the match to provide a 2-1 lead.
However, Brage Wiik tapped in a corner from Anthony Cupello, as Daemen evened the score once again, 2-2, forcing overtime. In the extra period, the Knights had a chance early on an Alejandro de Otero shot, but it was saved by Daemen goalie Mike D'Amato. Queens was set up with a corner kick by sophomore Cristian Villalta in the 99th minute, but Daemen recovered the ball, and Shaquille Corrica sent a long pass to Keem, who beat the defense and scored the game-winner.
Queens lost despite outshooting Daemen, 22-6. D'Amato made six saves for Daemen, while the Wildcats capitalized on all three of their shots on goal.
The Knights will visit NYIT (8-6-1, 4-2 ECC) on Saturday, Oct. 21, for a 3 p.m. matchup.