RINDGE, N.H. (Sept. 1, 2018) – A tenth-minute penalty kick off the foot of Yannik Felber was enough to send the Queens College men's soccer team to its first defeat of the 2018 season on Saturday (Sept. 1) as the Knights fell 1-0 to Franklin Pierce at Sodexo Field.
The Ravens (1-1) accounted for the first attempt of the game off a corner kick in the eighth minute, but Jordan Barnett's attempt went wide. Two minutes later, a foul in the 18-yard box occurred against the Queens (1-1) defense and Felber converted a penalty kick, beating Knighs goalie Mike DeCanio to the lower right side to put the hosts ahead 1-0. Franklin Pierce had two additional attempts in the 16th minute but DeCanio saved shots by both Charlie Madden and Jacob Maddox. The Knights recorded their first shot in the 22nd minute as Romario Hulea's attempt was parried by Ravens keeper Jadel Poon-Lewis. The Ravens nearly doubled their lead at the close of the first half with Kidino Jones' header nearly catching DeCanio out of position. The keeper recovered nicely to push the attempt wide of the cage to preserve the 1-0 deficit.
Queens came out aggressively in the second half with Pedro Lamarre heading an attempt on net that was stopped by Poon-Lewis in the 49th minute of play; one minute later, Saufyane Ilbuodo headed a ball over the crossbar. The Knights had another golden attempt with twenty minutes to play on a corner kick, but the shot by Konstantine Mendrinos was blocked. After a foul against the Ravens, Hulea nearly put home a free kick opportunity but the shot went wide of the cage. The Knights would scrap for the equalizing goal in the final twenty minutes, eventually going down a man following a red card on a heady challenge. However, Emgi Gousse produced a golden opportunity in the final five minutes of play only for his shot to bounce off the crossbar and over the end-line. The Knights had one last attempt in the 88th minute, but Lamarre's chance went wide of the net.
Queens outshot Franklin Pierce by a 12-10 margin in the contest, with a 9-4 edge coming in the second half of play. Ilbuodo and Gousse led the team with three shots apiece while Hulea and Lamarre each attempt two shots. DeCanio made five saves in net for the Knights, while Poon-Lewis stopped all three shots on net to preserve the clean sheet for the host Ravens.
The hosts were led by Jones' four shots on cage with Madden adding three attempts.
Queens will face Felician University in non-conference action on Monday (Sept. 3) in a Labor Day nighttime affair at 7 p.m.