ESU Battles Queens College to a Tie

East Stroudsburg University and Queens College combined for 30 shots, but neither team put one in the back of the net as the Warriors and Knights played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer on Wednesday night at Eiler-Martin Stadium.

Freshman goalkeeper Sean Murphy had three saves while making his fifth straight start for ESU (4-6-2), which posted its first shutout of the season and ran its unbeaten streak to four games after winning its last three PSAC games.

Queens (6-5-3) extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3) and its scoreless minutes streak to 528:40 with its fifth consecutive shutout. Nelson Restrepo made six saves for the Knights. ESU held a 18-12 advantage in shots, while Queens held an 8-1 margin in corners.

The Warriors had two near-misses in overtime, when a header from sophomore forward Marc DeFeo went just wide of the post 2:30 into OT and a shot from sophomore midfielder Derek Lopez got over the bar in the second period.

Junior midfielder Nick Fischer, tied for the team lead with five goals, had the best chance in regulation when his left-footed blast from just outside the 18 was pushed wide on a diving save by Restrepo.

ESU played Queens for the first time since 1992 and is 3-0-2 in five all-time meetings. The two sides tied, 1-1, in 1992 after the Warriors went 3-0 in the previous three seasons.

The Warriors host UDC in non-conference action on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the middle game of a football-soccer tripleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Eiler-Martin Stadium. Five of ESU’s final seven games of the regular season will come outside of PSAC play, including Wednesday night’s contest.