FLUSHING, N.Y. (Oct. 10, 2018) - Kevin Quituizaca played a role in the first four goals that the Queens College men's soccer team scored as the Knights racked up their highest goal total since 2011 with a 7-0 win over Concordia (N.Y.) on Wednesday (Oct. 10) at the QC Soccer Field.
Queens (6-4-1) last scored seven or more goals on Sept. 26, 2011 when the Knights made a mockery of the opposition in a 16-0 thumping of Lincoln (Pa.). The seven goals are also the most goals scored in a single game under Head Coach Frank Vertullo's watch.
The Knights had the early edge as Minas Karagiorgis and Saufyane Ilbuodo peppered shots at Clippers keeper Jaime Gonzalez, but the goalie was up to task in batting both attempts away. Concordia (5-5-1) played on its heels for much of the first half as evidenced with Quituizaca's first goal at the mid-point of the half. The speedy forward was able to re-direct a feed from Romario Hulea past Gonzalez into the center of the net to push Queens ahead and open the floodgates. Quituizaca then scored in the 26th minute thanks to a good throw-in from Vincent Companion and a nifty flick-on header from Hulea that was crushed into the back of the net. Mere seconds later, Quituizaca found Andras Breuer in the penalty box for a header to give the Knights a 3-0 lead going into the halftime break.
Queens came out of the intermission on fire, with Ilbuodo scoring a cool header on a cross from Quituizaca to give the Knights a 4-0 lead in the 48th minute. The forward from Burkina Faso was not done, however, as he scored four minutes later thanks to a Companion pass that led to a counter-attack and breakaway. The Knights held the 5-0 edge until the last quarter-hour of play when super-sub Pedro Lamarre scored on a penalty kick and then added a second goal with credited assist to Konstantine Mendrinos on a sharp pass into the box.
Despite the edge in goals, Queens only outshot Concordia by a 17-10 margin. The Knights, however, targeted ten shots at Gonzalez while the Clippers failed to test both Michael Bolvin and Joseph Weinstein in net.
Prior to the contest, Head Coach Frank Vertullo presented a $1,000 scholarship check in support of raising awareness for autism. The Frank & Michael Vertullo Foundation was founded by Mr. Frank Vertullo, Jr., as a living tribute to his wonderful son, Michael. The foundation provides opportunities for children with special needs to attain personal achievements through scholarships and enrichment programs.
For more information on how you can enrich the life of a child living with special needs, visit the Frank & Michael Vertullo Foundation here.
The Knights now head into the weekend with a critical contest upcoming on Saturday (Oct. 13) as Queens travels to Amherst, N.Y. for a 4 p.m. showcase against Daemen College.