FLUSHING, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2018) - George Yusuff's left-footed effort took an inside-out path towards the post past a diving Michael Bolvin in the 53rd minute and clanged off the iron into the goal.
It was just that sort of day for the Queens College men's soccer team, as that first goal led to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Saint Thomas Aquinas College Spartans on Saturday (Sept. 22) in Flushing.
Queens (3-3-1, 1-1 ECC) and STAC (5-2-1, 1-1 ECC) played a quiet first half that was bereft of many quality chances with both sides claiming shots on net that were either no trouble or turned aside. STAC's Lachlan Wilkinson took a shot against Bolvin in the 15th minute that was parried out of bounds for a corner kick which led to nothing; Luis Morales had a similar effort just over ten minutes later that was turned away by the Knights' keeper. Andras Breuer had a golden opportunity in the 35th minute but Spartans goalie Jack Nicholson was up to the task in keeping the game level going into halftime.
The Spartans utilized a swift push forward from Morales and Wilkinson to spring the ball free to Yusuff in the 53rd minute as his lefty shot from just outside the 18-yard box looked always destined to sail wide right. The ball, however, seemingly had other ideas as it curled back towards the net and caromed off the post and in for the marker. Saufyane Ilbuodo's attempt to equalize the match in the 64th minute was turned neatly away by Nicholson for his second---and final---save of the match. The Knights had other attempts on net that were either blocked or wide and with a high defensive line in the final minute of the game, STAC's Clifford Adjei sprung on a breakaway and deftly tucked in the insurance goal past Bolvin with just over 30 seconds to play.
Queens was outshot in the contest by a 14-8 margin with both sides obtaining seven corner kick opportunities---the Knights had all five of the side-flag set pieces in the second half. Bolvin made four saves in net for the Knights while Nicholson posted his fifth win of the year with the two-save clean sheet.
Queens will stay in conference for its next match-up, a Wednesday (Sept. 26) afternoon affair at LIU Post. Kick-off from Pioneer Soccer Park is set for 4 p.m.