FLUSHING, N.Y. - In sunny conditions Thursday afternoon, junior Erin Vernillo opened the scoring to propel the Queens College women's soccer team to a 3-0 triumph over the visiting Warriors of Nyack College in non-conference action. With the win, Queens College improved to 3-7-1 on the season, while Nyack College moved to 4-7.
The Knights looked to open their account fashionably quick in the first 30 seconds of play but were caught out of position to halt the play. In the 18th minute, QC's first shot on goal found the net as Vernillo scored her fourth goal of the season as she gathered a successful pass from sophomore Adriana Mendrinos to score into the left side of the net. Vernillo looked to double the Knights' lead in the 19th minute, but Warriors goalie Sara Pereyra timely saved her shot.
Pereyra denied freshman Brooke Delano's first shot on goal, but she would not be denied her first goal in Knights colors as she found the net in the 27thminute. The Knights doubled their advantage to 2-0 after a successful cross from junior Taylor Bonanno found Delano who was able to chip her shot over the leaping Pereyra into the middle of the net. Vernillo nearly collected her second goal but was denied as the post played the saving role. In the first half, Queens held a 9-3 shot advantage.
The Knights came out firing in the second half as junior Alexis Qualle's shot on goal was blocked in the 49th minute. Several minutes later, a shot by Mendrinos sailed wide as the Knights kept the pressure on the Warriors. A foul in the closing minutes put Bonanno in range as she successfully buried a 25-yard free kick into the left side for her first goal of the season.
Junior goalie Nicole Cranny (2-4-1) fielded three saves in the first half as she split goal time with classmate Megan Deak who faced only one shot on goal in the second half. Pereyra was able to limit the damage to three goals while saving six shot shots on goal. Queens College held the advantage in shots (18-8) and corner kicks (2-0).
UP NEXT: The Knights close out the non-conference road slate of their season schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 12 as they gear up to travel to Lakewood, N.J. to face another CACC foe in the Lions of Georgian Court University for a 3:30 pm showdown. All-time against the Lions, the Knights hold a 4-2-2 record, with the last two meeting between the teams ending in double overtime draws.