Ojeda, McLaughlin Team Up Twice For Comeback Victory

Coach Erik Kotynski's Golden Falcons improved to 2-0 at home in 2017. (Steven R. Smith)
Coach Erik Kotynski's Golden Falcons improved to 2-0 at home in 2017. (Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Sophomore forward Christopher McLaughlin (Hollis, N.Y./Preparatory Academy for Writers) scored a pair of second-half goals – including the eventual game-winner with one minute, 14 seconds left in regulation time – to lift the Felician University men's soccer team to a 2-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College on Wednesday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Junior midfielder Maxi Ojeda (Yonkers, N.Y./DeWitt Clinton) assisted on both goals for the Golden Falcons (2-3, 1-1 CACC). Senior goalkeeper John Burns (Saddle Brook, N.J./Saddle Brook) backed a solid Felician defensive effort, earning the victory with four saves.

Dominican (0-5, 0-2) took an early lead on a well-executed corner kick. Sergio Monton's (Madrid, Spain/Fomento Fundacion) strike curved to the far post and found the head of freshman Patryk Tomczak (Stamford, Conn./Stamford). Tomczak easily finished inside the right post with 12:25 gone by. It turned out to be the Chargers' only corner kick opportunity of the match.

Dominican had another strong opportunity off the ensuing kickoff, but a Rickyle Balea (Brisbane, Australia/Griffith University) offering missed the frame to the right. Mid-way through the half, Dominican freshman keeper Joshua Stephens (Stoney Creek, Ontario/Cardinal Newman) made three saves in a three-minute period, including a quick-reaction stop on a McLaughlin header. The Chargers carried the 1-0 edge into halftime.

In the 59th minute, the hosts equalized. McLaughlin dribbled toward the left side of the 18-yard box and played a ball forward to Ojeda. Ojeda touched the ball back to McLaughlin, who one-timed a low shot past Stephens into the lower right of the net.

Stephens made two saves 20 seconds apart in the 87th minute. But as the game clock wound down, Ojeda spotted McLaughlin once again. His diagonal pass from left to right set McLaughlin up for a successful blow from about 15 yards away inside the near post. The Golden Falcon defense successfully ran out the final 74 seconds without incident.

Felician amassed statistical advantages of 18-10 in shots and 7-1 in corners. McLaughlin topped all players with six shot attempts, while the Chargers' Tomczak got off three. Stephens finished the night with six saves.

The Golden Falcons continue a three-game homestand when they welcome Goldey-Beacom College to Lyndhurst for a CACC tilt on Saturday at 8 p.m.