FLUSHING, N.Y. (Sept. 26, 2018) - The sun shined throughout most of the Wednesday afternoon sky in Flushing, giving the Queens College women's soccer team the all-clear to face Chestnut Hill after a wild rainstorm the day before. Three freshmen all notched their first career collegiate goals thanks to Mother Nature's blessings and the Knights prevailed by a 6-1 score over the Griffins in a non-conference tilt at the QC Soccer Field.
The action between the two sides started off relatively slow, with Guro Eriksen getting the first shot off for Queens (2-4-1) at the ten-minute mark of the first half. The Knights dominated the opening frame of play with a 16-1 shots advantage on the Griffins (2-6), with Chestnut Hill's lone shot in the 19th minute easily corraled by Shenae Kreps. A flurry of shots came for QC with around 15 minutes remaining in the half as Eriksen and Christina Loizou both took two chances on net; Eriksen's efforts were blocked and saved while Loizou pushed one shot wide left and the other shot into the post. The freshman, however, would get her break-through moment in the 39th minute as Loizou lofted a shot from just outside the eighteen-yard box over the outstretched hands of Leah Peshkin to put the Knights on the board. Just over a minute later, Loizou started a breakout with a pass to Vincenza DeCrescenzo who found Stacy Gomez in the box for a one-time shot into the left corner of the net. Loizou nearly had a second goal to end the half but Peshkin made the save to keep Chestnut Hill down by only a brace, with Queens up 2-0 at the half.
In the second half, Alexis Quealy put her name in the scoresheet for the first time on a breakaway with just under three minutes gone by in the frame. The 3-0 lead lasted briefly as the Griffins scored seconds later on a long effort from Maddie Jimenez that curled in over the hand of QC's Nikoletta Pravata. The sophomore goalie would get revenge by stopping back-to-back efforts in the 65th minute and the Knights went back to work on offense. Off a throw-in by DeCrescenzo, Victoria Ramirez played a delicate flick on to a streaking Eriksen into the right-side of the box. The Norwegian midfielder's strike went over the head of Chestnut Hill keeper Kayla Lombardi, struck the crossbar and bounced over the goal line to give the Knights a three-goal edge. Eriksen struck for another marker a few minutes later and the scoring account was closed in the 90th minute as Alma Mana'o notched her first goal of the year on an assist by Quealy.
Queens utilized a 25-7 shots advantage to quell any attempted comeback by Chestnut Hill with Eriksen lobbing a team-high nine shots at cage. Loizou added seven with shots also coming from Mana'o, Quealy, Ramirez, Gomez, Sarafina Smith, Ana Vera Vazquez, Nicole Jones, Sarah Marino and Shannon Gibbons. Kreps claimed the win with one save in net while Pravata stopped three attempts by Chestnut Hill in the second half.
The Knights will have a quick turnaround and a difficult task ahead of them as sixth-ranked Mercy College descends upon Flushing on Saturday (Sept. 29) for a 1 p.m. match-up with Queens.