CALDWELL, N.J. – The Felician University men's soccer team surrendered three second-half goals, including the tie-breaking marker in the 58th minute, and suffered a 4-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference loss to host Caldwell University on Thursday afternoon on the Caldwell campus. Thursday's match had been delayed one day from its originally scheduled time due to the early-week rain.
Felician (0-7-1, 0-4 CACC) has been outscored, 22-7, in the second half this season, including 13-5 in conference matches.
Senior midfielder Kyle Hill (New Milford, N.J.) twice scored go-ahead goals for Caldwell (1-5-1, 1-1-1). Cougar junior forward Erlend Aase (Bergen, Norway) registered a goal and an assist. Junior forward Chris McLaughlin (Hollis, N.Y.) picked up his fourth goal of the season for the Felician scoring.
Hill gave the hosts the lead just seven minutes, six seconds, into the match. He accepted a cross into the 18-yard box from Aase and finished with a volley. Caldwell took seven shots in the half and Felician got off six, but the 1-0 score held until the intermission.
It took only 1:42 after the second-half whistle for McLaughlin to even the score. He cleaned up after pouncing on a loose ball inside the box. But in the 58th minute, Caldwell took the lead for good after Hill redirected Sander Golmen's (Lier, Belgium) corner kick into the net.
The Cougars put the game away with a goal by Aase in the 78th minute and a successful penalty kick from Mattia Cellia (Zoagli, Italy) in the 80th.
Caldwell sophomore goalkeeper Nils Svere (Lier, Norway) earned the victory with six saves. His Felician counterpart, junior Joe Sartori (Wood-Ridge, N.J.) stopped eight shots. Hill led the Cougars with four shots, putting them all on goal. McLaughlin got off a team-high four attempts for the Golden Falcons.
Caldwell finished the day with advantages of 15-10 in shots and 5-2 in corner kicks.
Felician travels to Philadelphia on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. match against the Jefferson Rams in more CACC action.