FLUSHING, N.Y. – Five different Knights scored goals, as the Queens College men's soccer team took an early 3-0 lead and captured a 5-2 home victory over Saint Anselm College in its final non-conference contest of the regular season from the QC Soccer Field on Wednesday.
With the win, Queens moves above .500 with a 7-6-2 overall record, while Saint Anselm falls to 3-10-2 on the season.
Junior András Breuer totaled four points, matching his season high with two assists, while also scoring the game-winning goal. Sophomore Emgi Gousse also put forth a goal and an assist in the win for the Knights.
The Knights wasted no time getting on the board, scoring twice over the first 3:50 of action. In just the second minute, Breuer passed a corner kick to Gousse, who found sophomore Najib Ullah for his second goal of the season. Just about two minutes later, Queens took a 2-0 lead when Breuer found Gousse inside the box, who shifted his way and fired a shot that tipped the bottom of the crossbar and landed in goal for his 10th strike of the year.
Queens shut down Saint Anselm's offense, allowing only one shot in the opening half. In the 24th minute, Breuer extended the Knights' lead to 3-0 with his sixth goal of the season off a pass from junior Angelo Chavez, who recorded his first career assist.
With the Knights in full control, holding a 3-0 halftime advantage, it looked like smooth sailing for Queens the rest of the way. However, Nick Heckt scored two goals in the 71st and 77th minutes to cut the deficit to just one.
Leading 3-2, Queens shut the door in the 78th minute, as senior Kevin Giraldo scored his first career goal to push the lead to two. In the 86th minute, freshman Paul Ogoo tallied his first goal in a Queens uniform as well on a cross from senior Brian Belfont, closing the door on a 5-2 victory.
The Knights outshot the Hawks, 14-6, putting five more shots on goal. Goalkeeper Chiediebere Iloka picked up his third win of the season in goal for the Knights.
Queens will conclude the regular season by hosting District of Columbia on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. for Senior Day. A win over the Firebirds along with an NYIT loss or tie will propel the Knights into the ECC tournament.