FLUSHING, N.Y. – On a cool cloudy Saturday afternoon, the Queens College Men's Soccer team used the second half to their advantage as they defeated the Redhawks of Roberts Wesleyan College 2-0 in East Coast Conference. With the win, the Knights improved to 5-4-1 overall, 3-2 in ECC, while the Redhawks moved to 3-6-3 overall, 0-4-1 in conference play.
The Knights came out firing in the first half looking for an early lead as they fired three shots on goal but only to be turned away with senior forward Saufyane Ilboudo getting denied twice. Junior midfielder Kevin Quituizaca continued to be a threat on the wing as he looked to supply Ilboudo and senior midfielder Andras Breuer. Queens looked to have taken a 1-0 lead going into halftime but sophomore forward Pedro Lamarre shot sailed high just enough to not trouble Redhawks goalie Ben Hastings. The Knights went into the half outshooting their opponent 8-4 but were unlucky enough to find the back of the net.
Looking to use their first-half momentum to their advantage, Queens came out of the gate firing. In the 50th minute, sophomore midfielder Paul Ogoo connected in a timely fashion to find the feet of Illboudo who would put the Knights ahead 1-0 with a chip shot over the charging Hastings to find the net. However, the Redhawks threatened in the 64th minute but were denied by the alert junior goalie Michael Bolvin. Six minutes later, the Knights almost doubled their advantage as junior forward Romario Hulea shot was blocked by an alert Hastings. However, as the game clock continued to wind down, the game continued to get chipper with yellow cards and fouls increasing. The Knights put the game to rest in the 87th minute following a misplay by Hastings as Lamarre found Quituizaca who would tap the ball into the left corner for a 2-0 lead.
Queens held the advantage in shots (14-8) and corner kicks (4-1) while Bolvin earned his first shutout of the season making four saves.
UP NEXT: Staying home, the Knights take a break from conference play as they return to action Wednesday (Oct. 11) as they welcome the Clippers of Concordia College (N.Y.) (5-4-1) with kick-off slated for 4 PM.