STAC Pulls Away Late as Queens Falls in ECC Road Test

STAC Pulls Away Late as Queens Falls in ECC Road Test

SPARKILL, N.Y. – Facing its first East Coast Conference (ECC) road contest of the season, the Queens College women's soccer team fell to St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) on Tuesday, 2-0. The Knights took eight more shots than the Lady Spartans, but only three went on goal.

With the setback, Queens drops to 1-6-2 overall and 0-2-1 in the ECC. Meanwhile, STAC earns its first ECC win and moves to 2-4-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

The Knights allowed the Lady Spartans only five shots for the game, three of which went on goal, with the two late second-half goals for STAC being the difference in the game. Queens dominated defensively in the first half, holding STAC to just two shots (one on goal) in the opening frame.

At halftime, Queens had six shots, four more than STAC, but the contest remained in a scoreless tie. That was until the Lady Spartans scored two goals within 2:02 in the 74th and 76th minutes to break open a sudden 2-0 lead.

Senior Erin Vernillo got the pressure on with a shot that went wide in the 20th minute, and 41 seconds later, her shot was saved by STAC goalie Courtney Dumain (2-4-1). Queens took the first four shots of the second half, and in the 64th minute, freshman Sarafina Smith forced Dumain to make her second save of the game. However, the Lady Spartans got the advantage, as Brianna Flores and Mekenzi Moreau found the back of the net.

Queens had opportunities in the waning minutes, but two shots by freshman Agnes Stanton missed the mark, and Dumain denied fellow freshman Kamryn Pasha to preserve her second shutout of the season.

The Knights will remain on the road in search of their first conference win at Mercy College (6-1, 1-0) on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 12 p.m.