FLUSHING, N.Y. – Eight goals, 21 shots on goal and 110 minutes were not enough to separate the Queens College men's soccer team and the Purple Knights of the University of Bridgeport, as the two teams battled back-and-forth for a 4-4 double-overtime draw in East Coast Conference (ECC) action from the QC Soccer Field Saturday afternoon.
Junior András Breuer recorded a career-high six points with two goals, including the game-tying tally, and two assists. Sophomore Pedro Lamarre tallied three points on a goal and and assist, while junior goalkeeper Robert Retnauer made six saves in net.
With the draw, the Knights improved to 3-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in ECC play, while the Purple Knights moved to 2-4-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference.
In sunny and hot playing conditions, the Knights quickly conceded a goal in the 3rd minute, as Salvador Yoel found Jovante Etienne for a low left corner header to take a 1-0 lead. However, the Knights quickly gathered themselves to knot the game, 1-1, in the 5th minute, when sophomore Emgi Gousse got past the Purple Knights' defenders to slip a shot into the right corner for his eighth goal of the season.
Gousse's eighth tally of the season is already the fifth-most by a Knight in the last 10 years.
The two teams traded possessions back-and-forth as they worked hard to fend each ball. Junior Najib Ullah couldn't capitalize on a corner kick from Breuer, as his header landed straight into the hands of UB goalie Daniel Coviella. In the 38th minute, following a successful tackle from Breuer to take the ball away from the Purple Knights, Breuer found sophomore Pedro Lamarre, who beat his defenders to fire a rocket into the left corner for a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short lived, as Etienne earned a penalty kick after a bad tackle from the Knights. Eriend Skagestad successfully buried the kick into the left corner to tie the game, with the two squads heading into the break tied at 2-2.
Barely three minutes in the second half, Gousse looked to retake the lead for the Knights, but was denied by a diving Coviella. On the other end, it was the Purple Knights who struck first, scoring two goals in three minutes to take a 4-2 lead in the 54th minute.
Facing a two-goal deficit, Queens continued to show fight in another attempted comeback. In the 63rd minute, the Knights cut their deficit down to one, as Breuer tipped the ball into the bottom right corner following a header from Lamarre. The Knights, continuing to pressure their opposition, completed the comeback and tied the match, 4-4, after Breuer buried a penalty kick in the 69th minute.
Looking for his third game-winner of the season, Gousse looked to have found the winner, but was denied by an alert Coviella. A shot by Breuer in the dying minute stayed wide as regulation came to close.
After toiling hard to knot the game at 4-4, the Knights looked to find spirit for a game-winner in overtime, however, lady luck refused to come their way, as neither team could find a shot in the first overtime. In the second overtime, Lamarre was unable to put any strength into his shot early on, as it trickled into the hands of Coviella. Both teams labored hard in the heat, ending in a hard-fought draw.
On the day, the Knights earned even honors on shots (19-19), while the Purple Knights held the advantage in corner kicks (5-2) and committed more fouls (20-15).
UP NEXT: Looking for their first conference win of the season, the Knights will hit the road next, as they travel to Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. for a date with the Mavericks of Mercy College (5-3 overall, 1-1 ECC) in ECC action on Saturday, Sept. 30, with kickoff slated for 3:00 p.m. Last year, the two teams played each other in an 1-1 2OT draw in Flushing, N.Y.