OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – Sophomore Pedro Lamarre tallied the game's only goal late in the second half to lift the Queens College men's soccer team to a 1-0 win at NYIT in a key East Coast Conference (ECC) matchup on Saturday. With the win, the Knights keep their ECC tournament hopes alive.
The win puts Queens at 6-6-2 overall, but more importantly 3-3-2 in the ECC, pulling closer to NYIT, which drops to 8-7-1 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
The two squads were even at the break, each putting up five shots apiece in the scoreless first half. NYIT came out with pressure early in the second half, taking three shots over the first five minutes, but none of the three went on-goal. Queens then generated some offensive attempts shortly after, but junior András Breuer and sophomore Cristian Villalta both had their shots blocked, while junior Saufyane Ilboudo's shot in the 55th minute sailed high.
After the teams exchanged fouls, NYIT had a corner kick in the 65th minute, which led to a Louis LaFemina shot that went wide. In the 74th minute, the Bears missed out again, as Queens junior goalkeeper Chidiebere Iloka made a save on John Camponeschi's attempt.
Shortly after Queens was charged with a yellow card, the Bears sent a pass back to goalkeeper Jonathan Rico, who felt the pressure of the incoming Lamarre, who bulldozed his way for possession and chipped in the game-winner, his fifth goal of the season.
Iloka posted his second shutout of the year in net for the Knights, making a pair of saves along the way. The two teams were just about even on shots, with Queens holding a slight 13-12 advantage.
The Knights stand fifth with 11 points in the ECC standings with one conference game left, while the Bears hold the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament race with 12 points. The Knights will need some help, as NYIT will need to lose or tie to both LIU Post and Roberts Wesleyan, while Queens must defeat or draw with District of Columbia depending on how the Bears fare.
Queens will conclude the season with two home games, hosting Saint Anselm on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 3:30 p.m. before hosting District of Columbia for Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 28.