No. 25 ESU Pulls Away From Felician In Men's Soccer, 4-0

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(Photo by Scott du Feu)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – East Stroudsburg University scored three times in a second-half stretch of nearly 15 minutes to secure a 4-0 non-conference men's soccer victory over host Felician University on Saturday night at Riverside County Park. East Stroudsburg was playing for the first time this season, while Felician was participating in its home opener.

The Warriors, the 2017 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champions, are tied for No. 25 in the national preseason NCAA Division II coaches' poll.

Senior midfielder Jo Panuccio (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) recorded a goal and an assist for ESU, who saw six different players notch at least one point.

Much of the first period was evenly played. Felician (0-2) garnered all three of its corner kicks on the night during a 65-second stretch early in the half, but came up empty.

The visitors took the lead on a set piece in the 38th minute. Panuccio sent a looping free kick down the left flank which junior Mateo Laredo-Fernandez (Ponferrada, Spain/IES Virgen de la Endcina) headed from the left of the 18-yard box past charging Golden Falcon goalkeeper Alex Lopez (Guayaquil, Ecuador/La Moderna). Felician successfully defended two late ESU corner kicks, and the Warriors carried the one-goal lead into halftime.

ESU used strong ball movement to extend its edge after the intermission. In the 64th minute, Irvin Zuzic (Falkenberg, Sweden/Aspero) led Eddy Enowbi (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) past a defender with a diagonal pass, leading to an open shot from the right side. Just under 10 minutes later, Oliver Lundberg (Sundyberg, Sweden) drew two defenders before making a well-timed pass to Sergio Bortolon (Itipema, Brazil/Instituto Federal Catarinense), who freed himself for a strike past Lopez.

Panuccio concluded the night's scoring when he buried a direct into the upper middle of the net with 11:14 left to play.

ESU out-shot the Golden Falcons, 15-8, including 9-3 in the second half. Lopez made four saves in his collegiate debut. Warrior senior Will Boerema (Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute) earned the shutout in goal, also stopping four shots.

The best scoring opportunity for Felician came in the 70th minute, when, with his team down by two, freshman Carlo Gonzalez (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes) received a pass in the middle of the 18-yard box and caught Boerema off his line. Gonzalez pushed a shot inches right of the post. Earlier in the period, Niko Iloski (Garfield, N.J./Garfield) saw his blast from mid-box saved by Boerema.

Felician hosts Queens (N.Y.) College on Labor Day at 7 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.