Vernillo Shines in Home-Opening Draw with Lions

Vernillo Shines in Home-Opening Draw with Lions

FLUSHING, N.Y. – Senior Erin Vernillo performed well on the offensive end by scoring two goals on four shots, as the Queens College women's soccer team drew a tie in its home opener on Tuesday, 3-3, against Georgian Court University from the QC Soccer Field. 

With the draw, the Knights moved to 1-3-1 on the young season, while the Lions moved to 2-2-1.

Queens took a 1-0 lead at the 26:29 mark when sophomore Guro Eriksen scored on a cross pass from freshman Sarafina Smith. Despite Georgian Court holding a 6-3 shot advantage in the opening half, Queens entered the break up by one.

The Knights came out of the gate in the second half and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the 50th minute when Vernillo beat all the Lion defenders down the field and cashed in on a deep pass from senior Taylor Bonanno.

The momentum slowly shifted in the Lions favor after that, however, and Georgian Court was able to tie the game at 2-2 on two quick goals from Erin Wimmer in the 57th and 61st minutes.

With time starting to become a factor and overtime looming, Queens suddenly struck again and took a 3-2 lead, as Vernillo scored her second goal of the matchup and third of the season off an assist from Eriksen.

It looked good for the Knights, but Georgian Court kept fighting and was able to tie the game at three all when Morgan LaDuca scored on a free kick that got over the reach of Queens goalkeeper Nicole Cranny. Queens had two strong opportunities in the waning minutes of regulation, but junior Adriana Mendrinos' shot in the 87th minute sailed high, and Vernillo's attempt in the 88th minute went wide.

The game would head to extra frames, where neither team was able to break the 3-3 tie. The Knights fought on defense, preventing the Lions' three shots in the first overtime from seeing the back of the net, while keeping Georgian Court from registering a shot in the second overtime.

Eriksen has been a strong addition, as she registered her third goal in five games, while recording her first assist. Bonanno tallied her second assist of the season, and Smith recorded her first point in a Knights uniform. Cranny (1-3-1) saved four combined shots in net for Queens. For the game, Georgian Court held the advantage in shots (15-12) and corner kicks (6-1).

The Knights will open up East Coast Conference (ECC) play on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 12 p.m. against Molloy College for their Go4theGoal game, lacing up to support children fighting cancer.