QUEENS, N.Y. – Sophomore Nick Heckt scored twice for the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team but an early 3-0 hole was too much to overcome in a 5-2 non-conference loss to Queens (N.Y.) College on the road on Wednesday.
Queens (7-6-2) scored twice in the first four minutes to build a 3-0 halftime lead. Heckt scored twice in the space of seven minutes to pull Saint Anselm (3-10-2) within a single goal, but the Knights found the back of the net twice in the final 13 minutes to pull away.
With his two goals, Heckt pulled into a tie with Emmet O'Callaghan for the team lead with six this season. The sophomore has scored three goals in the last two days after scoring in a 2-1 overtime setback at Bentley University on Tuesday.
Queens leapt out to a 2-0 lead just 3:50 into the game behind early goals from Najib Ullah and Emgi Gousse. The hosts extended their lead to 3-0 midway through the first half as Andras Breuer scored his sixth of the season.
Saint Anselm found itself still 3-0 down in the 71st minute when Heckt started a late rally by tapping in his first goal of the game to get the Hawks on the board. Heckt cut the deficit to one just 6:24 later off an assist from Jack Heintzelman, who has an assist in the last three games and four of the last five.
The Knights responded with a goal from Kevin Giraldo only 68 seconds after Heckt's second goal and tacked on a fifth from Paul Ogoo in the 86th minute. The game was just the eighth meeting between the two programs in a series Saint Anselm leads 4-3-1.
Chidiebere Iloka earned the win to improve to 3-2-1 on the season despite not making a save for Queens. Jacob Rostkowski suffered his first loss of the season for the Hawks with two saves in the game.
Saint Anselm closes out its season with a trip to No. 22 Southern Connecticut State University for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Oct. 27.