ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2018) - Cristian Villalta scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just shy of the halftime whistle as the Queens College men's soccer team won its tenth game of the season by knocking off Dominican (N.Y.) in a 1-0 affair on Friday (Oct. 26) in the season finale at DC Soccer Field in Orangeburg, N.Y.
Queens (10-4-2) buzzed early against Dominican (6-12) with Andres Huerfano taking the game's first shot in the opening ninety seconds. His shot was parried away by Dominican goalie Joshua Stephens, and Andras Breuer's attempt in the eleventh minute met the same fate. The Knights continued to press as Villalta took his first shot at a marker in the 29th minute, but Stephens was again up to the task. Following a wide shot by the Chargers' Ewan Gray in the 43rd minute, the Knights set out on a counterattack that would end up with Pedro Lamarre crossing the ball to the top of the box. Villalta was on the receiving end and boomed home a shot past Stephens that finally broke the deadlock. The Chargers' quest to even the score would begin before the halftime break, as QC goalie Michael Bolvin did well to stop two shots from Jose Mendez and Lester Gudiel just shy of the halftime horn.
Dominican continued to press in the second half, with Gudiel and Maximo Martinez testing Bolvin in the first fifteen minutes of play. Despite this, the Chargers could not get on the board and Queens had the best chance at an insurance marker in the 77th minute as Minas Karagiorgis hit the woodwork on a shot attempt. The Knights' defense held firm with one last chance coming in the 87th minute for Dominican from Antonio Zhu Sanchez, but Bolvin would not be denied the clean sheet.
The Knights were outshot in the contest by a 15-13 margin but Bolvin deflected or corraled all seven shots that were on target from Dominican. The Chargers also attempted seven total corner kicks in the contest but none produced a tying goal. Huerfano had a team-high four shots for Queens while Gudiel led all attackers with five shots and four targets.
Queens will now wait to see who their opponent will be in the upcoming East Coast Conference Tournament on Wednesday (Oct. 31). Check back with www.queensknights.com to learn more as the play-offs begin.