FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jul. 19, 2018) - The official Queens College Men's Soccer schedule has been released for the upcoming 2018 season.
Coming off of an eight-win season in 2017, their second highest total in eight years, the Knights are set to host seven matches, including conference bouts with Saint Thomas Aquinas, Mercy and NYIT. Head Coach Frank Vertullo, in his second season in Flushing, will bring back All-ECC honorees András Breuer and Emgi Gousse to lead the offense while David Ramirez captains a strong defense that yielded just a shade over two goals per game one autumn ago.
Queens kicks off their campaign with four non-conference competitions. St. Michaels comes in on August 30, and then with a day off Queens will travel to New Hampshire to battle Franklin Pierce on September 1. Following a Labor Day evening match-up against Felician University on Sept. 3, the Knights will host Saint Rose on Sept. 7 before a quick turn-around to Saint Anselm two days later (Sept. 9).
QC opens ECC play at District of Columbia on September 15 and then enjoys home-field again when they welcome STAC to Flushing on September 22. With four days off, they make their way to Brookville on September 26, to face off with LIU Post, hoping to build off their 18-1-2 campaign last season, where they lost to the eventual national champion, Charleston (W. Va) in the NCAA tournament Elite Eight.
QC closes out September with a home tilt against Mercy on Sept. 29. The Mavericks finished with a 13-5 record in 2017, good enough for a second place finish in the ECC. One week later, Roberts Wesleyan makes their way to Queens on October 6, following their 1-8 conference record the previous season. The Knights will then finish off the streak of home games versus Concordia on October 10, whom posted a 4-10-1 record in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
Four straight ECC games then lay ahead for QC Men's Soccer. For the first time in 17 days, the Knights will play on the road, as they travel to Daemen College on October 13. Senior Night's matchup will be played against NYIT on October 17. NYIT finished one slot ahead of the Knights in the conference standings, with a 9-9-1 overall record.
The last three matches will be played away for QC. They will travel to Connecticut to take on the Bridgeport Purple Knights on October 20, before heading to Molloy College to roundup conference play four days later. The season finale will be at Dominican College on October 27, where the Chargers posted an overall record of 3-14 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.