FLUSHING, N.Y. – Senior goalie James Brostowski held down the fort for the Knights as the Queens College men's soccer team played to a scoreless draw with the visiting Spartans of St. Thomas Aquinas in conference action. The Knights improved to 3-2-3 overall, 0-1-1 ECC, while the Spartans moved to 5-1-1 overall, 2-0-1 ECC.
On a sunny and chilly Saturday afternoon, the first half between the Knights and Spartans saw more fouls than shots being attempted from both teams as a defensive battle raged on. Just minutes before halftime, the Knights were given a chance to take the lead but senior Nikolas Maher failed to take a shot as he took an extra dribble to allow a Spartan defender enough time to come forth on the ball. Going into the half, both teams committed a combined 11 fouls.
The first 10 minutes on the second half saw drama as a shot by Spartans Alejand Coyt-Orozco hit the crossbar to bounce up and down to allow senior goalie James Brostowski just enough time to save a second attempt shot by the Spartans Charlie Crane. The Knights struggled to get a shot on target as they attempted seven shots but to no avail. Maher's header in the dying minutes of the match stayed wide to take the match into extra time.
In the first overtime, senior Brain Belfont attempted the Knights only shot on goal in the 96th minute but was denied by a stubborn Spartans backline. In the second extra time, Chris Estevez came close to giving the Spartans a win but was timely denied by an equally defiant Brostowski.
In a defensive battle, the Knights offense failed to get in position at the right time as they were caught offside eight times. Queens held the advantage in shots (15-12). Both teams attempted four corners a piece, while the Spartans committed 23 fouls to the Knights 10. Both sides picked up two yellow cards each as the game came to a tie. Queens failed to find the back of the net for a consecutive third game. The Knights have attempted a combined 38 shots in the last three game, but to no avail.
UP NEXT: Looking to break their scoring rut, the Knights stay home as they continue their conference action Friday afternoon, Sept 30, as they play host to the visiting Wildcats of Daemen College (1-7, ECC 0-2) with kick off set for 3:00 pm.