After Last-Second Equalizer, Men's Soccer Defeats Post In OT

(Photo by Leo Yang)
(Photo by Leo Yang)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Felician University junior forward Chris McLaughlin (Hollis, N.Y./Preparatory Academy for Writers) scored during the 10-second regulation countdown and assisted on Kenny Monfort's (Spring Valley, N.Y./St. Joseph Regional [N.J.]) overtime game-winner as the Golden Falcons topped visiting Post University, 2-1, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's soccer action on Friday afternoon at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

The game was a make-up from the teams' Sept. 26 contest that was postponed before reaching a point of completion in Lyndhurst. Post (9-7-1, 8-3-1 CACC) entered Friday locked into the No. 2 seed for next week's CACC Championship tournament.

Felician (5-10-1, 5-7), which will not qualify for the playoffs, defeated three postseason teams this season, including the No. 2 and 3 seeds.

Friday marked the Golden Falcons' final contest of 2018. Later Friday evening on its Rutherford campus, Felician held a Senior Day ceremony to honor Niko Iloski (Garfield, N.J./Garfield), Monfort, Maxi Ojeda (Yonkers, N.Y./DeWitt Clinton), Jovan Poggi (Lyndhurst, N.J./St. Benedict's Prep), Steward Salazar (Summit, N.J./Summit) and Gabe Viana (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst).

Post moved ahead with 2:17 left in the first half on the initial goal of the season by junior Meysar Abdulkadir. The Eagles' attack was hampered by 12 offside violations. But despite that fact and the Golden Falcons' 12-1 second-half shot advantage, it looked like the visitors would escape with the victory.

But with 20 seconds to play, a Post defender yielded to a Felician player near the sideline. The Golden Falcon saved the ball from going out of bounds, and the hosts made a final attack. The ball ended up at the foot of Ojeda, who played a short, high ball over the defense to McLaughlin. McLaughlin lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net with 0:07 showing in the game clock.

Felician needed only 87 seconds of extra time to claim the victory. McLaughlin left a drop pass for Monfort above the top left of the 18-yard box, and Monfort finished with a low, bouncing blast inside the far post.

Felician junior goalkeeper Joe Sartori (Wood-Ridge, N.J.-Wood-Ridge) was credited with five saves in the victory.

Monfort completed his collegiate career with a four-game goal-scoring streak. He ran his career total to 19 goals, plus two assists.

After a winless September, Felician went 5-2 in October.