ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (Oct. 24, 2018) - After outshooting the opposition by a 9-6 margin in the opening half, the Queens College women's soccer team had to fend off a strict challenge from Molloy in the second half and overtime sessions to earn a 0-0 draw on Wednesday (Oct. 24) at the Rockville Centre Sports Complex.
Molloy (6-9-2, 3-5-1 ECC) had control of the opening ten minutes of play with Dominique Capolongo taking the first shot of the contest in the sixth minute of play. The attempt went wide, and Amy D'Eloia's ninth-minute shot was saved by Queens (2-9-4, 1-5-3 ECC) keeper Nikoletta Pravata. The Knights picked up a shot in the 14th minute as Adriana Mendrinos pushed an attempt on goal that was parried away by Molloy goalie Jackie Carty. Queens continued to shoot on goal with attempts by Alma Mana'o, Alexis Quealy and Guro Eriksen all saved by Carty. QC put five shots on net in the opening frame but no shot was troubling to the Molloy defense; likewise, the Lions only forced three saves on Pravata in the first half.
The hosts dominated the pace of play in the second half, however, by outshooting Queens in a 13-1 margin. Despite the advantage, however, the Lions were kept off the scoreboard by Shenae Kreps. The freshman goalie made eight saves in net, stopping Capolongo and Dana Poetzsch in the final ten minutes of regulation. The Knights had the last shot of the second half, but Eriksen blasted a hopeful effort high to send the teams into extra time. Molloy would dominate the opening period of extra time with a 3-0 shots margin, but Queens had a golden opportunity for a win in the 96th minute. On a loose ball in the box, Mendrinos was unable to cleanly get an attempt on net; the Lions shifted into a counterattack and Poetzsch rifled a shot on net that was punched away by Kreps. The rebound squirted loose to Capolongo, who lobbed a shot on cage that was blocked by Ana Vera Vazquez at the goal line. The attack ended with Angela Careddu putting one last attempt over the crossbar. Neither team was able to put a shot on net in the second overtime period until late, as Victoria Ramirez sent in a curling effort with ninenty seconds to play that Carty swallowed up easily. Agnes Stanton would send forward the last shot of the game but the dart went right to Carty.
The Queens College women's soccer team will conclude its season on Friday (Oct. 26) at home against Dominican (N.Y.) at 3 p.m. The contest will serve as the Knights' Senior Day, as the team honors five members of its graduating class: Mana'o, Catherine Monteleone, Mendrinos, Vincenza DeCrescenzo and Meyah Romeo.