Queens Outshoots Molloy, But Falls at Home in ECC Opener

Queens Outshoots Molloy, But Falls at Home in ECC Opener

FLUSHING, N.Y. – Despite taking seven more shots than the opposition, the Queens College women's soccer team dropped its East Coast Conference (ECC) opener at home to Molloy College, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon. With the setback, Queens' record now stands at 1-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the ECC, while Molloy moves to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference. 

The Knights took 18 shots compared to 11 for the Lions, but it was Molloy which made the most of its opportunites.

Seniors Erin Vernillo and Taylor Bonanno led the way for Queens with three shots apiece, while classmate Courtney Locurcio put two shots on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Cranny (1-4-1) saved three combined shots for the Knights before freshman Nikoletta Pravatta entered in net in relief, making one save in her Queens debut.

Molloy jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 16:42 mark when Amanda Milazzoo scored a goal early in the game off a deflected pass. A few minutes later, Dana Poetzsch made it a 2-0 game by scoring a goal in the 26th minute, as the Lions entered the break with a two-goal lead.

Queens looked to come back from the two-goal deficit in the second half, but Molloy immediately extended the lead in the opening minute.  Dana Poetzsch scored her second goal of the game for the Lions just seconds into the half through a penalty kick at the 45:52 mark, making it a 3-0 game. Later in the half, Molloy tacked on another goal when Samantha Mendes scored the game's fourth goal, leading to the 4-0 final.

Queens put the pressure on early with 11 shots in the first half and seven more in the second, but Molloy goalie Jackie Carty was on her game, making seven saves to pitch a shutout.

The Knights will be on the road next for a matchup against Felician College on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m.