FLUSHING, N.Y. - On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, the Queens College men's soccer team (3-2-2) were defeated 1-0 by visiting Chestnut Hill College (1-5). A scrappy affair throughout, the Knights were unable to rebound from the loss in their ECC opener and capitalize on several key opportunities.
Barely 20 seconds in, the Knights nearly got off to a flying start as senior Nikolas Maher's shot hit the post to deny Queens its quickest goal of the season and in program history. In the 13th minute, Maher was denied another potential tally as the crossbar taunted the Knights to keep the game scoreless. Griffins goalie Jamie Jackson (1-5) was in action early on the Knights kept the pressure and the pace. Sophomore András Breuer's back-to-back shots on goal were kept out by an alert Jackson who made timely saves, denying the Knights an early lead.
Right out of halftime, senior Brian Belfont's shot was rejected by Jackson who made another save. Joseph Casaletto capitalized on a free quick next to the 18-yard box line to give the Griffins the 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute, a lead which they would keep for the remainder of the game. Breuer's shot in the 63rd minute was blocked as the Griffins worked hard to maintain the advantage. Freshman Emgi Gousse's one-on-one opportunity in the 72nd minute was the Knights best shot to tie the game but failed to finish.
The Knights attempted a season high 12 shots in the second half but were denied by a stubborn Jackson as he racked up seven saves on the day. Senior James Brostowski who was helpless on Casaletto's stunning free kick goal into the left corner did not have much work in goal as the Knights were shut out for the second consecutive match. Queens held the advantage in shots as the Knights attempted 18 to Chestnut Hill's 12 shots.
UP NEXT: Returning to ECC action, the Knights (ECC 0-1) stay home as they play host to conference foe St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans (5-1, 2-0 ECC) this Saturday with kickoff expected at 3:00 PM. Under head coach Carl Christian, the Knights hold a 2-1-2 overall record against the Spartans.