LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – Chestnut Hill College scored in the first four minutes and last four minutes of the second period to earn a 3-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's soccer victory over visiting Felician University on Saturday afternoon at Victory Field.
Senior midfielder Kenny Monfort (Spring Valley, N.Y.) tallied an unassisted goal for the Golden Falcons (3-10-1, 3-7 CACC).
The loss eliminated Felician from contention for a CACC playoff berth.
During a back-and-forth affair, both sides dented the scoreboard within the first 13 minutes of play. In the seventh minute, Chestnut Hill senior Jason Burns (Reading, Pa.) pounced on the rebound after Felician junior goalkeeper Joe Sartori (Wood-Ridge, N.J.) saved a Pedro Dutra (Passos, Brazil) shot. Burns slipped the ball back in front of the goal to Dutra, who tapped in to give the Griffins the early lead.
Felician answered at the 12:44 mark. Monfort collected a loose ball and launched a 30-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net. Despite the teams combining for 18 shots (10-8 CHC) and eight corner kicks (5-3 Felician), the match remained tied, 1-1, into halftime.
The Griffins took the lead for good with 3:29 gone by in period two on a short chip by sophomore Miguel Marra (Ossining, N.Y.). Felician saw five of its second half shots blocked by the CHC defense, putting only two of 14 attempts for the period on goal. Chestnut Hill sophomore keeper Sergio Hernandez (Ossining, N.Y.) stopped them both, and made five saves on the day.
With the Golden Falcons pressed forward looking for the equalizer, Burns broke free down the left flank and found an unmarked Tyler Johnson (Howell, N.J.) for the final margin as 3:24 showed on the game clock.
Sartori made 10 saves to keep his team in contention. Felician finished the day with a slight 22-21 shot advantage and a 12-5 edge in corners. Dutra led all individuals with seven attempts.
Felician travels to Nyack College on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. kickoff.