BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (Sept. 2, 2018) – The Queens College women's soccer team fell in an early hole and could not recover from the deficit, dropping a 3-0 decision to Bloomfield on Sunday (Sept. 2) at Foley Field.
The Bears (1-1) recorded the first shot of the contest less than four-and-a-half minutes into play as Victoria Napolitano attempted to put the hosts ahead. Queens (0-2) keeper Shenae Kreps was up to task in making the stop, but Bloomfield would score ninety seconds later. Off a feed from Helene Salerno, Lisa Parello chipped a shot over the head of Kreps and into the back of the net to put the Bears ahead by a 1-0 margin. There was barely enough time to breathe before Napolitano pounded home a deflection into an empty QC cage to give Bloomfield a two-goal lead with seven-and-a-half minutes gone by in the first half. Salerno recorded the next shot in the ninth minute but her effort was high; nearly two minutes later, her attempt from just inside the eighteen-yard box was true to form and the Bears held a 3-0 lead.
The Knights awakened with fury over the next several minutes, getting their first two shots of the game on goal; efforts by Victoria Ramirez and Sarah Marino were stoned by Bloomfield goalie Emira Sela. More opportunities came for Queens off the feet of Guro Eriksen, Tatijana Lonic and Meyah Romeo but each shot was parried away by Sela---the Bloomfield keeper ended the first half with six saves.
Despite a 7-6 shots advantage after forty-five minutes of play, Queens was not on the scoreboard and continued to attack the net. Marino had two shot attempts in the opening ten minutes of the second half that were not on target and a shot off the foot of Adriana Mendrinos went high in the 57th. The Knights attempted several more shots throughout the course of the second half, but no attempt was on target.
Queens outshot Bloomfield by a 15-8 margin at the end of the contest, with a 4-1 edge in corner kick opportunities as well. Both teams had six attempts on goal with Sela earning the clean sheet while Kreps stopped three in her second career collegiate game for QC. Marino and Sarafina Smith each attempted four shots in the losing effort, while Bloomfield had three players (Napolitano, Parello and Salerno) with two shots on cage.
Queens will return to Flushing on Wednesday (Sept. 5) for a 3 p.m. home contest with Southern Connecticut State University at the QC Soccer Field.