LYNDHURST, N.J. (Sept. 3, 2018) – A see-saw battle ensued between the Queens College men's soccer team and Felician on Monday (Sept. 3) with the Knights coming back from 2-1 and 3-2 down to draw even and level with the Golden Falcons; the final count between the two sides was 3-3 after 110 minutes of play in Lyndhurst, N.J.
Queens (1-1-1) struck first for the opening marker in the game's seventh minute. Off a feed from Emgi Gousse inside the 18-yard box, Romario Hulea comfortably put home his first goal in a QC uniform to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. The advantage lasted only ten minutes, however, as Niko Iloski leveled the score for Felician (0-2-1) with 17:07 gone by in the opening half. QC conceded a penalty kick seven minutes later, but Kevin Valdivia's attempt was batted away by substitute goalie Robert Retnauer. The hosts eventually took the lead in the 30th minute with Anthony Nole knocking home a rebound to put the Golden Falcons up by a 2-1 margin. Felician held the lead after the half, but a red card against the Golden Falcons meant that both teams would be playing the second half with ten men.
The Knights knotted the score up at 2-all in the 53rd minute as Adrian Garcia lofted a pass over the eighteen-yard box for Saufyane Ilbuodo to score off the right post. Ten minutes later, Carlo Gonzalez chanced Retnauer with a shot that was swept away by the senior keeper; a giveaway by the defense, however, created a second-chance opportunity for Gonzalez to knock home a goal and put the Golden Falcons up 3-2. The Knights got their redemption in the 73rd minute as a foul in the box against the hosts gave Andras Breuer a penalty kick opportunity that was comfortably put home. Breuer's second penalty-kick marker of the year evened up the score at three-all. The teams remained level as the second half ended, with Hulea getting the best chance on either side in the 85th minute; his effort was saved by Felician goalie Joe Sartori.
In the first overtime period, it was Queens getting the first good chance as Gousse headed an attempt high over the bar in the opening ninety seconds. Garcia then headed a ball that Sartori saved to keep the game level; Gabe Viana's attempt in the 96th minute was stopped by Retnauer on the other side of the field. In the second overtime, the Knights played with an aggressive and possessed mindset by outshooting the Golden Falcons with a 6-1 edge. However, only two shots were on target and game-winning efforts by both Pedro Lamarre and Kevin Quituizaca were saved.
The Knights outshot their opponents by a 25-15 margin with both teams racking up nine shots on goal. QC led in the corners battle as well, claiming six opportunities to Felician's five. Hulea led the Knights with seven shots (two on goal) while Quituizaca had six shots (two on goal). Six players for Felician had two shots with Iloski and Gonzalez each getting two attempts on net in the draw.
Queens will host Saint Rose on Friday (Sept. 7) in Flushing with kickoff set for 4 p.m.