FLUSHING, N.Y. (Sept. 7, 2018) - Emgi Gousse scored two goals in the second half and Romario Hulea netted what looked to be the game-winner in the second, but Fillippo Bellu's third goal of the game with just 40 seconds left proved to be the final dagger as the Queens College men's soccer team succumbed to a 5-4 loss on Friday (Sept. 7) to Saint Rose.
The Knights (1-2-1) started the contest in an early hole after Saint Rose (3-0) scored the first two markers in the opening five minutes. Paulo Sdoia opened the accounte with a penalty-kick marker following a foul in the box and Bellu headed home a corner kick feed from Carlos Menjavar to give the Golden Knights the two-goal advantage. Gousse collected his two markers minutes later, with the equalizer coming just before the 15-minute mark of the first half. Bellu's second goal of the game came ten minutes later on a long clearance from goalie Gianni Carillo, but András Breuer would answer back on a penalty kick---his third goal of the season and his third penalty-kick marker as well---to keep the game level going into the halftime break.
In the 60th minute, a corner kick for Queens ensued with the ball being headed out as far as the top of the 18-yard box. Kevin Quituizaca lobbed in a speculative effort that was tipped away by Carillo and off the crossbar to the waiting feet of Hulea. The Swedish transfer calmly slid home the go-ahead marker and the Knights had their first lead at 4-3. Saint Rose responded on a similar play twenty minutes later as Wari Isaac tried a shot that was parried away by QC keeper Robert Retnauer, but Kyle Clemens found the wide-open net for the equalizing goal. With time ticking down and the game poised for extra time, Bellu was set free on a counterattack forward led by a pass from Niv Fogel. Bellu got to the ball first and one-timed a shot past Retnauer into the bottom corner to set off a frenzied celebration from the Saint Rose bench. Saufyane Ilbuodo's last-second desperation effort went well wide of the cage as the horn sounded to end the ninety minutes and leave the Knights with the tough loss.
Queens outshot Saint Rose by a 22-13 margin with the Knights being held without a corner in the opening half of play. Coincidentally, Queens collected six corner kick opportunities in the final four minutes while Saint Rose could not get an attempt from the corner flag in the final frame.
The Knights will make their way to New Hampshire Sunday (Sept. 9) for a 3:30 p.m. contest against Saint Anselm.