WCC Men’s Soccer vs QCC
In an unexpected double overtime game for the men’s soccer team, the Queensborough Community College Tigers handed the 2018 Vikings their first loss of the season coming in their fourth contest thus far.
For the first half the Vikings were frequently on the offensive, amounting 9 shots on goal with Franco Ladron De Gue (Forward #9) and Wali Azizi (Mid-Fielder #23) leading the way. WCC managed the ball for most of the opening period; moving the ball smart and reacting to the defense well, nice setup passes especially within the penalty area, and many opportunities on fast breaks or simply beating a defender to score. With all of these intangibles, nothing went the shooter’s way when it came down to scoring. In the second period, QCC began to capitalize on the fatigue setting in on the Vikings. The Tigers turned their five attempts to score in the opening half into 10; while, WCC saw their 9 shots at goal in the 1st lessen to five before the first overtime period began.
Defensively, WCC looked strong, communication played a huge role in their success early on and their awareness in pass breakups facilitated many opportunities on offense. William Morias (Defender #4) and Luis Galeano (Mid-fielder #10) stood out with their multiple breakups and consistent one on one defense. Notably, freshman Guilherme Griza (Goalkeeper #1) played strong preventing any attempt to score all game long until the game closer in the second overtime period. Griza recorded 9 saves, his play was most valuable coming in the second period when QCC took control on offense.
Jesus Rios (Forward #9) ended the contest with his goal assisted by Jeffrey Castaneda (Mid-fielder #14) in front of the net 3:11 into the 4th period. The now 3-1 team face Dutchess Community College at 7:30pm on Friday, September 14th, looking to avoid a consecutive loss.