FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Philadelphia University women's soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 non-conference loss to Queens (N.Y.) College Wednesday on a goal scored with just 33 seconds remaining in regulation.
The game-deciding sequence began with the Rams (0-1-1) being awarded a throw in inside its defensive third of the field. The Knights' Alexis Qualie stole the throw, dribbled into space on the left wing, and found an open Erin Vernillo in the center of the field. Vernillo—who had both Queens (1-1-0) goals—chipped the ball into the upper right corner of the net from just outside the 18-yard box for the winning goal.
Philadelphia took an early 1-0 lead at the 4:57 mark on Alex Reyes' (Vineland, N.J./Vineland) second goal of the 2016 season. Reyes beat Nicole Cranny, the Knights' starting goalkeeper, with a clean shot inside the left post.
The game remained 1-0 until Vernillo knotted the score with her first goal of the season at 66:35.
Queens owned a 14-10 shot advantage, 10-4 in the second half, and a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
Philadelphia keeper Erin Tinneny (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), seeing her first action in 2016, recorded five saves. Megan Deak came into the game for the Knights with 28:37 left. She didn't record a save, but earned the victory. Cranny stopped four shots in the opening 61:23.
The Rams will have their first home game on Saturday, Sept. 10 against Caldwell in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference contest at noon on Ravenhill Field.