FLUSHING, N.Y. – With goals from juniors Erin Vernillo and Haley Gibbons and freshman Brooke Delano, the Queens College women's soccer team picked up a 3-1 victory over Concordia in mid-week action Tuesday afternoon at QC Soccer Field. The game marked the final non-conference match of the season for the Knights, who now sit at 4-9-1 overall on the year.
The Knights put the offensive pressure early on taking the first four shots of the game. In the 9th minute, the Knights took an early 1-0 lead as junior Maya Emme pushed the ball to Vernillo on top of the 18 yard box to finish the shot into top left of the goal. The goal tally increased to six for Vernillo on the season.
Queens doubled their advantage in the 23rd minute. A pass inside the box from Delano to Gibbons allowed her enough time to gather the ball for a chip shot over Concordia goalie Stephanie Wilczynski. Vernillo looked to extend her goal tally after beating her defender in the closing seconds of the first half but her shot was timely saved by Wilczynski. Queens outshot Concordia (N.Y.) 8-2 in the first half.
The Clippers looked to cut into the deficit at the start of the second half as Hannah Deknikker's shot was kicked away by junior goalie Nicole Cranny. The Knights defense stayed strong to deny the Clippers in the opening minutes. Delano put the game away for the Knights in the 66th minute with a shot into the right side of the net to put the Knights up 3-0. The Clippers looked to add drama in the closing phase of the match with a goal from Jimena Garcia Risoto after another save from Cranny was not cleared in time as Risoto put away the rebound to make it 3-1.
After minimal work in the first half, Cranny racked up six saves in the second half to deny the Clippers a comeback win. Wilczynski recorded six saves on the day after having to work hard in the first half. The Knight held the advantage in shots (18-14) while both teams were equal in corner kicks with three apiece.
UP NEXT: The Knights resume East Coast Conference play against the visiting Bears of NYIT Saturday afternoon for a 12:00 pm start.