LAKEWOOD, N.J. – For the second consecutive game, the second half proved to the determining factor for the Queens College men's soccer team, earning a 3-2 road victory over the Lions of Georgian Court University in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Emgi Gousse continued his stellar performance on the year with his third game-winning goal of the season.
With the win, the Knights improved to 3-2, while the Lions were handed their first loss of the season, moving to 4-1-1.
The Knights got off to another slow start, as the Lions pressured from the opening whistle. A shot by Spencer Dunn almost gave the Lions a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute if not for an alert junior goalie Robert Retnauer. In the 28th minute, the Lions were denied a goal as a shot from Louis Silva deflected off the post. Several minutes later, Georgian Court took a 1-0 lead when Dan Chochlinksi found Vinicuis Monteiro, who blasted a shot from eight yards out to the bottom corner. Queens was outshot, 9-3, in the first half, with the Knights unable to get a shot on goal.
But for the second game in a row, Queens dictated the pace of the second half, as the Knights took confidence from their thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Saint Rose on Saturday. In the 55th minute, Queens tied the game, 1-1, as Gousse found classmate Pedro Lamarre, who ripped his shot to the left corner for his second goal of the season.
Gousse looked to double the advantage in the 64th minute but was denied by Lions goalie Yianni Kavarakas. But just a minute later, after a blocked shot, the ball landed right to senior Daniel Saint Louis, who blasted a shot to the left corner for a 2-1 lead.
The Knights, still hungry, refused to go away as the clock entered the last 10 minutes of regulation. Sophomore Cristian Villalta continued to keep his name on the scoresheet, increasing his assist tally to five, as he found Gousse in the 85th minute for a one touch pass to the bottom left corner for a 3-1 advantage.
With barely 37 seconds remaining in regulation, the Lions were awarded a penalty kick, which Javel Dawkins successfully buried to make things interesting. But the Knights closed out the regulation without any further trouble.
An ECC Honor Roll selection in each of the first two weeks of the season, Gousse has scored in four of the Knights' five games, taking his tally to six goals on the year, which leads the conference, while already surpassing his tally of five goals from a season ago.
On the day, the Knights were outshot (17-14) by the Lions, but took three more shots than their opponent in the second half, while holding the advantage in corners, 6-3. After a busy first half, Retnauer made two saves, all coming in the first half.
UP NEXT: After closing out the non-conference road trip portion of the season, Frank Vertullo and his team return home for their East Coast Conference opener against the Lions of Molloy College on Saturday, Sept. 16, with kickoff slated for 3 p.m.