FLUSHING, N.Y. - In sunny conditions, sophomore Najib Ullah tallied his first goal of the season as the Queens College men's soccer team played Mercy to a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoon at QC Soccer Field. The Knights move to 4-5-4 overall and 1-2-2 ECC with the result, while the Mavericks are now 7-3-3 overall and 2-3-2 in conference action.
Mercy's Lucca Lacerda kicked the match off right away taking the first shot with barely 30 seconds off the clock, but the shot remained wide to no threat to senior goalie James Brostowski. Santiago Corral gave Mercy a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute after dribbling past his defender to score a 30 yard screamer. After a successful throw from sophomore Vincent Companion found upper classmate Nikolas Maher for a one touch and shoot opportunity was timely saved by Mercy goalie Kwantarian Van Der Lara, but failed to clear as Ullah was in the right place for the rebound goal to tie up the match at 1-1 just minutes before halftime. The Knights outshot the Mavericks 10-8 in the first half but both sides were only able to land two shots on goal.
The second half was an offensive struggle for both sides as a defensive battle raged on for the reminder of the regulation with both remaining equal with landing shots on goal. Sophomore Andras Breuer's shot in the 84th minute sailed wide as the match headed towards extra time. The first OT was an offensive struggle for both sides as neither side registered any shots. The Mavericks looked to have found the right chance but were caught offside in the first 15 seconds of the second extra time. Breuer's attempt was blocked in the 103rd minute.
Brostowski and Van Der Lara saved three shots on goal in the highly aggressive defensive. While the Knights outshot the Mavericks (20-14), Mercy held the advantage in corner kicks (6-5).
UP NEXT: As the 2016 season continues to wind down and the postseason race gets close, the Knights look to pick up a win on Wednesday Oct. 19 as they travel to the nation's capital to face the Firebirds of University of the District of Columbia (3-9-1 overall, 3-2-1 ECC) to be played at Maryland SoccerPlex with kickoff slated for 3:00 pm.