CALDWELL, N.J. – Felician University sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Kazenmayer (Forked River, N.J.) helped keep her team within striking distance all afternoon, but the Golden Falcons eventually bowed to host Caldwell University, 3-1, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's soccer action on Thursday at Caldwell Field.
The game was delayed two days by unplayable field conditions caused by inclement weather earlier in the week. Junior transfer Danielle Jenkin (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) scored her first NCAA goal for Felician (1-5, 1-3).
Kazenmayer matched her season high with 10 saves. Caldwell (4-2, 3-0) put 13 of their 18 shots on frame.
The Golden Falcons scored in the first half for the first time this season. A strong individual effort by Jenkin got the visitors on the scoreboard just four minutes, three seconds, into the contest. She dribbled into the 18-yard box and freed herself for an open attempt.
The hosts quickly started to gain the better of play. Caldwell's pressure paid off in the 23rd minute, when a cross by Caryn Salus (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) connected with teammate Katie Iannuzzi (Bloomingdale, N.J.) who finished from within the box.
Caldwell's go-ahead score came on a penalty kick. A Felician defender was tracking Cougar junior Meghan Grundhauser (Easton, Pa.) and made a play for the ball. The Golden Falcons were whistled for a foul, which was ruled to have occurred inches inside the penalty area. Grundhauser converted the attempt with 16:45 showing on the first-half clock, and the 2-1 score held until intermission.
Kazenmayer was called upon for three saves in the first eight minute of period two. Felician however, generated few opportunities to equalize. With 7:03 left in regulation time, an opportunistic Salus gave Caldwell an insurance goal, settling a deflected ball before firing it into the net.
Caldwell piled up advantages of 18-4 in shots and 6-1 in corner kicks. Grundhauser led all players with six shot attempts. Cougar freshman keeper Jamie-Lee Bamford (Braintree, U.K.) needed to make just one save to earn the victory.
The Golden Falcons travel to Philadelphia for more CACC action on Saturday, kicking off at noon against the Jefferson Rams.