FLUSHING, N.Y. (Sept. 5, 2018) - The Queens College women's soccer team battled for an equalizer and converted in the second half of their contest with Southern Connecticut on Wednesday (Sept. 5) but the Owls found the winning touch to claim a 2-1 victory in non-conference action at the Queens College Soccer Field.
Neither Queens (0-3) nor Southern Connecticut (1-2) scored a goal in the first half, a 45-minute period in which the teams attempted just eight total shots. In the second half, the Owls got on the board with the game's first marker. In the 49th minute, a broken play ensued in the Queens defense which left SCSU's Kelly Lamb to find Kaitlyn D'Amico just inside the 18-yard box. A quick turn from the freshman led to a left-footed shot that sailed into the back of the net in the upper left corner. Southern Connecticut held the lead for four minutes, with Kelsey Burr nearly doubling the lead twice in a span of sixteen seconds only to be stonewalled both times by QC keeper Shenae Kreps. The second shot led to a counterattacking chance for the Knights as Sarafina Smith dribbled deep into Owls territory before sending a low cross into the box. There waiting for it was Guro Eriksen and the Norwegian forward rifled home a one-timer past second-half keeper Abigail Allen. Both sides then remained at a 1-1 score into the 77th minute when Southern Connecticut collected a corner kick opportunity. The in-swing from Paula Nunez Escobar somehow fluttered down in a crowd of QC defenders and onto the waiting knee of Johanna Whalen. As the defenders closed, Whalen lofted a left-footed inside-out shot that took an unfortunate deflection off the Knights' defense and found its way into the back of the net. Queens could not equalize back despite numerous chances as Christina Loizou's last-second hopeful shot was calmly scooped up by Allen just before the final horn.
SCSU dominated the stat-sheet, outpacing the Knights in shots (19-5) and corner kicks (9-3) but Kreps played a solid game in goal for Queens. The freshman netminder made a season-high eight saves while Eriksen was one of five QC field players with a shot. Tatjana Lonic and Synne Flem recorded shots in the loss as well.
Queens will host Holy Family on Monday (Sept. 10) with kick-off set for 3 p.m.