LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Felician University men's soccer team was defeated in its final 2017 regular-season contest, 4-1, by visiting Caldwell University in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Wednesday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.
Felician's loss, combined with Nyack College's 1-0 home victory over Concordia (N.Y.) College on Wednesday, kept the Golden Falcons from clinching a spot in next week's CACC Championship tournament.
Felician (5-10-2, 4-6-2) remains alive, but now must wait for the season's final conference game to be played. Caldwell (6-9-2, 4-6-1) hosts Bloomfield College on Friday at 3 p.m. Caldwell would advance to the postseason with a victory over or draw with the Bears. Should Bloomfield win on Friday, Felician would claim the final remaining berth.
All of Wednesday's scoring game in the second half. Golden Falcon sophomore Christopher McLaughlin (Hollis, N.Y./Preparatory Academy for Writers) tallied one minute, 23 seconds, into the period, only to see Cougar freshman Alessandro Canino (Parma, Italy) answer with four goals in a span of 20 minutes, one second.
An evenly played first half statistically led to the same result on the scoreboard. Early in period two, a throw-in by Felician junior Jovan Poggi (Lyndhurst, N.J./St. Benedict's Prep) was settled by McLaughlin just inside the 18-yard box, before Felician's leading scorer added his seventh goal of the season.
The Golden Falcon lead lasted more than 22 minutes before Canino went to work. Scoreless on the season entering the game, he became the seventh Division II men's player this season to record four or more goals in a game. He tied the game with 21:22 remaining by redirecting Sam Odell's (Surrey, England/Heathside School) free kick.
Caldwell took the lead for good with 14:22 to play, when a ball was deflected in Felician's defensive third to Caldwell junior Joaquin Escudero (San Sebastian, Spain/San Ignacio). Immediately he chipped the ball to Canino for the go-ahead goal.
Canino and the Cougars took advantage of a pressed-ahead Golden Falcon defense to score in the 86th and 89th minutes. Escudero finished with a pair of assists.
While Felician amassed a slight 16-15 shot advantage, the Golden Falcons put only five of their shots on frame. McLaughlin led all players with six shot attempts. Caldwell freshman goalkeeper Nils Svere (Lier, Norway/Drammen) earned the victory with four saves.