FLUSHING, N.Y. – Senior Haley Gibbons scored the game-tying goal late in the second half, as the Queens College women's soccer team earned a 2-2 draw against the two-time defending NCAA East Regional Champion University of Bridgeport Purple Knights at home on Saturday.
Bridgeport, East Coast Conference (ECC) Champions in each of the last two seasons, was projected as the top team in the ECC Preseason Poll and was ranked seventh in the nation to start the season.
Queens picks up its first point in the ECC standings, improving to 1-5-2 overall and 0-1-1 in conference play. Meanwhile, Bridgeport moves to 2-4-2 overall and 1-0-1 in the ECC.
Gibbons also added an assist along with her first goal of the season, while sophomore Guro Eriksen scored a goal of her own as well. Junior Adriana Mendrinos recorded an assist, while senior Erin Vernillo took six shots, including three on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Nikoletta Pravatta (0-0-1) drew her first career start in a Knights uniform and saved a combined seven shots in net for Queens.
Bridgeport scored the game's first goal, when Sara Berglund tapped in a shot just 3:09 into the first half. Although the Knights trailed 1-0 heading into halftime, Queens was attacking on offense in the first half, as the team took eight shots, including four shots on goal.
In the second half, the Knights were able to tie the game at one apiece, when Eriksen scored her fourth goal of the season off a lob pass by Gibbons in the 60th minute. A few minutes later, the Purple Knights tacked on another goal to regain the lead at the 61:47 mark, when Malin Thor scored the game's third goal off an assist from Synnove Skaasheim.
However, Queens was able to overcome the late deficit, as Mendrinos sent a pass from the left side to Gibbons, who placed it on the right side of the net to tie it up at two all.
The game was extended to two overtime periods, but neither team was able able to get the offensive momentum to break the 2-2 tie. Both teams finished with 17 shots and nine shots on goal each.
Queens will begin a three-game road trip next, starting with another ECC matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 26, against St. Thomas Aquinas College at 1:30 p.m.