ECC Title Dreams Dashed for Men's Soccer in Heartbreaking Penalty Kick Loss to LIU Post

ECC Title Dreams Dashed for Men's Soccer in Heartbreaking Penalty Kick Loss to LIU Post

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 31, 2018) - The Queens College men's soccer team played 110 minutes of solid soccer with the LIU Post Pioneers as the two teams battled for a spot in the East Coast Conference Championship game. With a goalless result, the two sides went to penalty kicks where the second-seeded Pioneers scored all five of their attempts as LIU goalie Oliver Hessner Hansen stopped the final Queens PK in pushing the hosts past the Knights Wednesday (Oct. 31).

The contest was not bereft of chances on both sides, with Cristian Villalta putting a header on net in the 22nd minute that hit the woodwork. LIU Post stormed the opposite way down the field, but Lukas Ostermann's attempt on goal was saved by Knights keeper Michael Bolvin. In the 35th minute of play, the Knights had a spectacular chance as Paul Ogoo floated a cross into the Pioneers' box that Saufyane Ilbuodo got to for an acrobatic bicycle kick. The senior's shot was directly at Hessner Hansen, however, and the Knights were held off the board. One last chance came in the first half as Pedro Lamarre---who had just entered the game on a substitution---cut through the hosts' defense but took one aggressive touch too many, as his right-footed shot from a zero-angle was always wide of the mark.

Ilbuodo got the ball rolling in the second half with a gorgeous opportunity at a one-on-one attempt with Hessner Hansen. Following a bit of nifty passing from Andras Breuer to Kevin Quituizaca, Ilbuodo attempted to go low for the game's opening marker but Hessner Hansen deflected the goalward shot out of play. A rebound attempt by Ogoo was also collected by the LIU Post goalie. In the 53rd minute, a miscue from the Pioneers on defense nearly gave Ilbuodo the first goal. A wayward pass backwards was flicked on by Ilbuodo towards a wide open net with Hessner Hansen out of position. The Pioneers' goalie, however, hustled back and made a last-ditch diving save to push the ball away from the net and over the end line for a corner kick. The Pioneers' best chance came in the 65th miute as Ostermann headed a cross towards the crossbar that was tipped out of play by Bolvin just out of sheer safety. Khalid Al Saud put an effort on goal in the 81st minute that clipped the post and Vittorio Argeri's 85th-minute attempt was directly at Bolvin; the clock would expire sending the match into extra time.

After a largely uneventful first session of extra time, the two teams looked ready for penalty kicks when Queens had one last chance in the 109th minute of play. On a counterattack, Quituizaca went flying down the left side of the pitch towards goal and sent in a cross to Romario Hulea. The junior's effort to produce a winner was tipped away by Hessner Hansen and the ensuing corner went nowhere.

The game would go into penalty kicks with the home side stepping to the penalty spot first. Ostermann's shot from the spot bested Bolvin, but the Knights responded back as Breuer beat Hessner Hansen. LIU Post went up 2-1 as Tom Stenberg beat Bolvin to his right---the same spot that Ostermann had scored on---while Hulea's attempt was tipped by Hessner Hansen but still hit the back of the net. Javier Rehberger Martin stepped up to the penalty area next and his shot was briefly parried by Bolvin, but forward momentum carried it into the net. Villalta beat Hessner Hansen left-side to keep the teams on-point, and the score would go to 4-4 after Argeri and Alejandro de Otero beat their respective keepers. The Pioneers' last shot of the five came from Al Saud, and he forced Bolvin to dive right while beating him left. Adrian Garcia's penalty kick to send the contest into extra PKs was stopped by Hessner Hansen, setting off both a frenzied celebration for the hosts and a dejected sadness for the Knights.

Queens outshot LIU Post by a 12-11 margin in the loss, with Ilbuodo and Argeri claiming four shots for their sides. Bolvin made four total saves in net for Queens as Hessner Hansen stopped seven shots for the Pioneers. The Knights also won the corner battle, having eight attempts from the flag to LIU Post's five.