Women's Soccer Comes Up Short in 2-1 Loss to Saint Rose in Season Opener

Women's Soccer Comes Up Short in 2-1 Loss to Saint Rose in Season Opener

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Aug. 30, 2018) - The Queens College women's soccer team played a defensive first half before Saint Rose scored a last-minute marker that led to a 2-1 victory for the visiting Golden Knights on Thursday (Aug. 30) at the Queens College Soccer Field.

Saint Rose (1-0) was on the attack early in the opening minutes as Deanna Trongone lofted a shot that rang off the crossbar in the fifth minute of play. Morgan Burchhardt tested freshman goalkeeper Shenae Kreps in her first collegiate contest, but the first-year keeper was up to the task with a save in the fifteenth minute. Queens (0-1) recorded its first shot a few minutes later as rookie midfielder Sarah Marino lofted an effort that was stopped by Golden Knights goalie Marika Laurendau. With thirty seconds remaining in the first half, the Golden Knights broke through as Sanja Ratkovic sent a cross into the box that was flicked on by Nina Predanic past the reach of Kreps and into the net.

The insurance tally for the visitors came in the 51st minute as substitute Caitlyn Dabagian lobbed a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that was parried off the fingertips of Kreps and into the net. The Golden Knights held a 2-0 lead but were pressing for more when Queens got a goal back in the 72nd minute. A high defensive line plus a bad pass afforded Guro Eriksen a one-on-one opportunity with Laurendau on a breakaway. The Norwegian forward beat the keeper and calmly slid her shot off the near-side post and in for the first goal of the 2018 season. Queens nearly equalized off the foot of freshman Christina Loizou, but Laurendau made the comfortable save in the 76th minute. This would be the last shot on target for the Knights in the loss.

Eriksen led the offensive effort with four shots. Synne Flem and Sarafina Smith each accounted for a shot of the Knights' eight total attacking efforts. Kreps made four saves in net for the Knights, with Sienna Scully accounting for a defensive save as well. 

Queens will travel to New Jersey on Sunday (Sept. 2) to face Bloomfield College at 1 p.m.