RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College men's soccer program has qualified for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament for the first time since 2006. Its road toward advancing in the playoffs goes through the league's defending champion, Dominican (N.Y.) College.
Guided by second-year head coach Simon Nee, Felician (9-9, 6-5 CACC) won its final four CACC matches to finish in sixth place in the 12-team conference and earn the No. 6 seed in the tournament. On Monday, the Golden Falcons will travel to Orangeburg, N.Y., to take on No. 3 seed Dominican in first-round playoff action at the OMM Soccer Complex. Kickoff time is 2 p.m.
Felician is seeking its first CACC championship since winning back-to-back crowns in 2000 and 2001. The Golden Falcons are led on offense by graduate striker Adrian Sutcliffe (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England/Prudhoe), who has amassed 21 points on nine goals and three assists. Sophomore midfielder Azedine Maazouzi (Brussels, Belgium/CERIA) owns five goals and four assists. Freshman goalkeepers Rafal Krauze (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) and Anthony Tsouhnikas (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) have combined for a 1.47 goals-against average and five shutouts.
Dominican (9-5-3, 7-2-2) tied for second place in the CACC, but settled for the No. 3 seed on a tiebreaker. Senior goalkeeper Brandon Heembrock (Ottawa, Canada/St. Mark Catholic), the 2010 CACC Tournament Most Valuable Player, leads the league in both saves and goals-against average. Sophomore F Jorge Zubillaga (Uruguay/Westhill) has registered seven goals and two assists. The Chargers won the regular-season meeting between the teams this season, 2-1 in double-overtime on Sept. 20 in Lyndhurst, N.J.
The OMM Complex is located at 200 Old Orangeburg Road in Orangeburg. Ticket prices for Monday's game are $6 for adults and $3 for children, students (with ID) and senior citizens. Children age three years and under will be admitted free. Dominican will also offer free Live Stats on the Internet (http://livestats.prestosports.com/dominican).
Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia will host the semifinals and finals of the CACC Tournament. Monday afternoon's winner will take the Wilmington (Del.) University-Nyack College first-round winner on Thursday at Chestnut Hill at either 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
The 2011 CACC Championship Game is Saturday at noon at Chestnut Hill.