FLUSHING, N.Y. (Sept. 10, 2018) - Yasmine Machlof's goal in the first ninety seconds of overtime broke the back of the Queens College women's soccer team and gave visiting Holy Family a 3-2 victory on Monday (Sept. 10) on a windswept, rainy afternoon in Flushing.
The Tigers (4-0) grabbed the early lead against Queens (0-4) as a clearance in the midfield led to a one-two pass from Bree Rock to Stefanie Ulmer who slid a shot past Shenae Kreps and into the net to put Holy Family ahead 1-0 in the 14th minute. The Knights needed eight minutes to get back into the game as Sarah Marino equalized with a header off of a corner kick. The in-swing was sent by Adriana Mendrinos and tipped up in the air by keeper Alayna McSeed, but the ball had some backspin and drifted towards the end line as the freshman headed the loose ball home. Five minutes later, Mendrinos had a free kick in Holy Family territory; instead of trying a shot, the senior captain slid the ball to the wing where it was crossed into the box by Ana Vera Vazquez. The pass floated to the head of Marino, whose effort took a friendly carom off the post and in to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.
As the rain picked up in intensity to start the second half, both sides struggled to find not only another goal but also their footing on the slick playing surface. After Christina Loizou's shot was saved by second-half netminder Brianna Pudlo, the Tigers went on a counterattack as ultimately Alyssa Christiansen would attempt to put the ball past Kreps to equalize. However, Ulmer was just outside the eighteen-yard box and Christiansen left a pass to her teammate; Ulmer's effort went into the upper 90 of the net as Holy Family equalized and sent the game to extra sessions. The Tigers went on a quick offensive with Kaitlyn Findlay trying to send a ball into the box. The loose effort squirted back outside the 18-yard box where Machlof sent in a hopeful chance that bested Kreps to the upper 90 on the far side to give Holy Family the win.
The visitors won the shots battle by a 15-9 margin, with both teams targeting five shots at the net. Kreps made two saves for QC while Pudlo made two saves and earned the win after taking over for McSeed to start the contest.
The Knights will host Jefferson University on Wednesday (Sept. 12) at 3 p.m.