BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Oct. 20, 2018) - The Queens College men's soccer team failed to keep pace with the rest of the top-four in the East Coast Conference standings as the Knights get closer to a play-off push. However, the team's 0-0 draw on Saturday (Oct. 20) at Bridgeport keeps Queens in the driver's seat for the final spot in the postseason.
Queens (8-4-2, 5-2-1 ECC) and Bridgeport (8-4-1, 4-3-2 ECC) put up identical shot totals (14-14) with QC goalie Michael Bolvin and UB keeper Carlos Tofern each stopping just three shots. Saufyane Ilbuodo had the opening shot in the game's third minute, a header that was stopped by Tofern. Bridgeport countered in the 24th minute as Oscar Facey had his shot parried away by Bolvin as well. The team's also went through the second half without much incident, as UB had the best chance of the frame in the 85th minute. Jesse Clark, however, had his attempt on net corraled by Bolvin as the two teams went to overtime.
Oleh Senyk opened the first extra time session with a shot on target in the first fifteen seconds of play, but Bolvin was up to the task. Ironically, QC would have the last good chance of the session with Kevin Quituizaca shooting one at Tofern with thirty seconds to go in the frame. Quituizaca also attempted the final shot of the game on target in the 110th minute, but Tofern made one last save to keep the game even and goalless.
Queens sits in fourth place with 16 points, three clear of Bridgeport and two behind three teams---Mercy, Saint Thomas Aquinas and LIU Post---in the ECC playoff picture. The Knights can clinch a postseason spot Wednesday (Oct. 24) when the team faces Molloy in Rockville Centre at 7 p.m.