FLUSHING, N.Y. (Oct. 17, 2018) - Victoria Ramirez's 77th-minute tally leveled the score as the Queens College women's soccer team fought its way to a 1-1 draw with NYIT on Wednesday (Oct. 17) in an East Coast Conference match-up at the QC Soccer Field. The contest was also the Knights' Pink Game, with the team wearing pink shirts during pre-game warmups in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
NYIT (8-4-2, 4-2-2 ECC) struck first in the with just seven minutes having been played on the afternoon. The Bears utilized a heady attack to draw a corner kick from the near-side flag, which Taylor Casey bent in on the Queens (2-8-3, 1-4-2 ECC) defense. Hannah Franco leapt up to meet the cross from Casey and headed home the opening salvo past QC goalie Nikoletta Pravata to give the visitors a 1-0 edge. NYIT continued to ramp up the pressure in search of a second marker, but three shots over the next seven minutes were either wide of the cage, high over the crossbar, or stopped by Pravata. Queens gritted out attempts on net in the first half, with Alma Mana'o lofting an effort wide right in the 17th minute of play and Alexis Quealy's 33rd-minute shot corraled by Jessie Sabal of the Bears. The Knights were outshot over the first half of play by a 7-3 margin, but the hosts trailed by just the lone goal.
Mana'o and Adriana Mendrinos opened the second half with speculative shots that missed the target, but the Queens offense began to buzz and the equalizing goal looked to be a matter of when and not if it would be scored. NYIT had a chance for the insurance marker in the 54th and 55th minutes of play but Jess Hawley's header was wide of the mark and Casey Luongo's shot was stuffed by Pravata. In the 63rd minute, Agnes Stanton nearly got QC on the board as she was able to move Sabal off her line and send a shot towards goal, but the NYIT defense was able to clear it off the line. The same could not be said for around fifteen minutes later, when Ramirez took a feed from Guro Eriksen---off an initial pass from Sarah Marino---and slotted a shot comfortably past Sabal into the lower corner of the net to knot the score up at 1-1.
Queens would have five chances before the end of regulation to produce a winning dose of magic, but the best chances from Sarafina Smith and Christina Loizou were turned aside by NYIT's goalie. The Knights would dominate the pace of play in the overtime periods, looking for the golden goal and nearly getting it twice in the first extra time session. In the 95th minute, Synne Flem launched a free kick towards the goal that went through the box and could not find a friendly header into the net; Flem would save her best effort for her second try sixty seconds later, however. On another free kick, the Norwegian midfielder lobbed a shot towards the cage that went over the top of Sabal's outstretched hands. The crossbar, however, denied Flem the winning moment yet the ball bounced perfectly down to the ground and Eriksen attempted to head the ball into the net. The effort was cleared off the line by the Bears, however, as the visitors spent most of the extra time dodging chances from their opposition. NYIT had a chance in the second extra session, but Nikki Bermudez's shot was blocked in front. The Knights' last best chance came on a long shot from Smith in the 109th minute that was easily collected by Sabal and time would expire without any more attempts.
In the final sixty-five minutes of play, Queens outshot NYIT by a 15-8 margin and the Knights won the overall shots battle by three (18-15). Eriksen, Smith and Stanton each attempted a team-high three shots with Sabal making five saves and the Bears posting two team saves in the draw. Pravata made two saves in net for Queens, and she was not tested in the final two extra time sessions.
The Knights continue their fall campaign with their second-to-last conference contest of the year on Saturday (Oct. 20) as Queens travels to Bridgeport for a 3 p.m. matinee with the Purple Knights.