ASHEVILLE, N.C. (queensathletics.com) – The Queens University of Charlotte men's soccer team (1-4 overall, 0-1 ASUN) made history on Tuesday night defeating the UNC Asheville Bulldogs (1-5) by a final score of 3-0 for the program's first win at the Division I level. Mario Goic had a career night scoring a pair of goals for the first time while Matheus Pereira set up the attack with a career-high two assists.
18' – QUEENS – Mario Goic (Assist Matheus Pereira)
42' – QUEENS – Felipe Mendonca (Unassisted)
54' – QUEENS – Mario Goic (Assisted Matheus Pereira)
The turning point of the evening proved to be the Royals ability to apply pressure on the attack for all 90 minutes. In the first half, the Royals tallied two goals while ripping nine shots, and three on goal. Mario Goic put Queens ahead on a rebound shot from the right side of the box for his first goal of the season. With three minutes until halftime, Felipe Mendonca laced a free kick to the bottom right corner for his 21st career goal extending the visitors lead. Coming out of the intermission, Matheus Pereira flicked a ball down field which Goic tracked down in open space to beat the keeper giving the Royals an insurance goal.
Key Stats & Notes
- For the first time in his career, Mario Goic recorded a multi-goal performance behind a career-high six shots. The sophomore leads the team in goals, points, shots, and shots on goal.
- Matheus Pereira was exceptional setting up the Royals attack with a pair of assists. The last time a Royals player recorded multiple assists in a single game was last season when Boris Basara dished out two assists in the double overtime draw against Wingate.
- Felipe Mendonca's first half goal was the 21st of his career which tied him for eighth most in program history.
- Making his fifth consecutive start in goal, Javier Izquierdo-Cuervo picked up his first career win in shutout fashion facing 14 shots and posting six saves.
- Queens won the shooting battle over the Bulldogs 15-14. In the last two matches, the Royals offense has started clicking to the tune of four goals and 26 shots.
- In his 12th season at the helm, Head Coach Oliver Carias first Division I victory was his 81st as the Royals leader.
From Coach Carias
"We have been working hard and focusing on getting better every game. We have had great moments in all four games prior, but we came up short. Today's win was an amazing execution of our game plan. We created many opportunities to score and we ended up with three goals. Most importantly, we took pride in how we defended and we were able to get our first clean sheet. We limited them in chances created. It was a complete team effort! We now have a long week to prepare for our game against USC."
Queens will continue their road stand next week when they travel to the University of South Carolina for a non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m. Following the clash in Columbia, the Royals will kick off ASUN play when they face Lipscomb in Nashville on Sept. 24.
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