Women's Soccer Plays to Gritty 1-1 Draw with Saint Thomas Aquinas on Saturday

Women's Soccer Plays to Gritty 1-1 Draw with Saint Thomas Aquinas on Saturday
FLUSHING, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2018) - Victoria Ramirez's equalizing goal in the 79th minute nullified an earlier goal and sent the Queens College women's soccer team onto a 1-1 draw with Saint Thomas Aquinas on Saturday (Sept. 22) in East Coast Conference action at the Queens College Soccer Field.
 
Queens (1-4-1, 1-0-1 ECC) and STAC (3-2-1, 1-1-1 ECC) battled in the first half, yet the statistics indicated a more dominant effort from the visitors. The Spartans had nine corner kick opportunities in the opening frame of play and outshot Queens by a 7-1 margin. Caitlin Speranza had the game's first goal with in the 21st minute of action, as she headed in a cross from Mekenzi Moreau on the far-side of the field. The second half proved to be more of an uptempo playing period for the home side, with Ramirez's goal coming after several close opportunities at the tying marker from Sarafina Smith and Guro Eriksen. It was off a throw-in that Eriksen sent a low sweeping cross to the far side for Ramirez, who had beaten her defender and gained a one-on-one chance with STAC goalie Courtney Dumain. Ramirez sent a shot toward goal that was deflected off of a Spartans defender and caromed into the net for the tying marker.
 
Neither team scored in the overtime periods, though both sides had their bevy of chances. STAC's best opportunity came right at the final horn of the first overtime session as Victoria DiMarco had a header on the six-yard box, but the attempt was directly at Queens keeper Shenae Kreps. Meanwhile, Ramirez had a lob in the 105th minute that---unintended or intentional---clanged off the inside of the left-side post and away, with neither side getting a good shot off in the final five minutes of play.
 
The Spartans outshot Queens overall by a 12-10 margin, winning the corner kick battle (9-3) despite not having any plays from the side flags in the final 65 minutes of action. Both Kreps and Dumain made five saves in net for their respective sides to preserve the draw.
 
The Knights will dip out of conference on Wednesday (Sept. 26) for a contest with Chestnut Hill at the QC Soccer Field. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m.