Gonzalez Puts Men's Soccer In Win Column

Carlo Gonzalez scored the overtime game-winner at Dominican on Oct. 3, 2018. (Steven R. Smith)
Carlo Gonzalez scored the overtime game-winner at Dominican on Oct. 3, 2018. (Steven R. Smith)

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The Feilcian University men's soccer entered the win column for the first time in 2018 with a 3-2 overtime victory over host Dominican (N.Y.) College on Wednesday afternoon at the OMM Soccer Complex. Freshman forward Carlo Gonzalez (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) netted the game-winning goal with 14 seconds remaining in the first extra session.

The Golden Falcons (1-8-1, 1-5 CACC) ended an overall six-game losing streak, as well as a 12-match winless stretch dating back to last season. Felician junior goalkeeper Joe Sartori (Wood-Ridge, N.J.), who made three saves, earned his first career victory.

Trailing 2-1 as the game clock ticked under the 10-minute mark of regulation time, Felician, which had missed out on several earlier open opportunities, kept attacking and finally drew even. Senior Gabe Viana (Lyndhurst, N.J.) cleaned up on a scramble inside the 18-yard box and registered an unassisted score with 6:56 to play.

Felician out-shot the Chargers, 6-0, in overtime. It looked, however, like Dominican would survive into a second extra period until a late Junior Borja (Kearny, N.J.) shot was stopped by Charger junior keeper Tyler Doll (St. Louis, Mo.). Gonzalez was the first man to the rebound, and slipped the ball past Doll to end the game.

Golden Falcon senior Maxi Ojeda (Yonkers, N.Y.) curved a direct kick into the net into the sixth minute of action on Wednesday. The 1-0 score held through halftime and all the way until fewer than 20 minutes remained in regulation time. Charger sophomore Anthony Contero (Washintonville, N.Y.) tied the score with 19:01 when he chipped a ball over Sartori's head but under the crossbar. Fewer than five minutes later, Dominican moved ahead on a Jose Mendez (Jesup, Georgia) marker, setting up Felician's late comeback.

A back-and-forth affair saw Felician out-shoot the Chargers, 22-18, with Ojeda leading all players with six attempts. Doll finished with seven saves for Dominican (4-7, 3-4).

Felician returns home on Saturday to face No. 17 nationally-ranked Georgian Court University in an 8 p.m. kickoff in Lyndhurst, N.J.