MANCHESTER, N.H. – Felician College survived a 25-6 shot disadvantage, making a Stephanie Jimenez (Fair Lawn, NJ) 19th-minute goal stand up for a 1-0 non-conference women's soccer victory over host Saint Anselm College on Saturday afternoon at Melucci Field. The match was the 2011 season opener for both schools.
Jimenez was the first to a loose ball and finished 18:37 into the contest. The Golden Falcon defense took over from there, forcing Saint Anselm into several long shot attempts and successfully defending 11 corner kicks. The Hawks put just nine shots on goal, all of which were saved by Felician junior goalkeeper Allie Couzo (Sayreville, NJ). The shutout was the third of Couzo's career.
"Our defense did an excellent job winning balls in the air and gaining restarts for us," said fourth-year Felician head coach Thomas Notte. "Although the number of shots against us was high, we for the most part kept them out of the box and limited their close-range opportunities."
The victory was the first for Felician against an opponent from the Northeast-10 Conference (at the time of the game) in the 14-year history of the program. The Golden Falcons defeated current NE-10 school UMass Lowell in 1999, but UML was not an NE-10 member at that time.