RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University earned a pair of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) weekly men's soccer awards for the period ending Oct. 28, the CACC announced on Monday. Junior Joe Sartori (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) was named Goalkeeper of the Week, and senior Gabe Viana (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) won Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The duo was honored following the final week of the 2018 regular season. Sartori claims goalkeeper honors for the first occasion, while Viana was tapped as the Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Felician earned two victories last week, both by 2-1 scores, and posted a 0.99 team goals-against average. Sartori, who played all 181 minutes, matched a career high with 11 saves in a Oct. 23 victory at Nyack College, and added five more in an overtime home win over Post University on Friday. He amassed a save percentage of .889 for the week.
Viana was a large part of the Golden Falcons' defensive effort from his outside back spot. He also hastened Felician's transition to offense, totaling 10 shots in the two games, putting three on goal. He was previously named CACC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8.
More information is available at http://www.caccathletics.org/sports/msoc/2018-19/releases/1029POW.
Sartori completed 2018, his first season as a starter, with a 2.85 GAA and a .693 save percentage. He leads the CACC with 97 saves. He is a 2016 graduate of Wood-Ridge High. Viana, a 2015 Lyndhurst High product, has two goals and three assists in 29 games as a Golden Falcon after starting his collegiate career at ASA College-Brooklyn.
Also on Monday, Felician senior forward Kenny Monfort (Spring Valley, N.Y./St. Joseph Regional [N.J.]) and freshman forward Carlo Gonzalez (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes) were chosen for the CACC's Weekly Honor Roll.
Felician men's soccer is guided by fifth-year head coach Erik Kotynski of Lyndhurst. The Golden Falcons ended the 23rd season in program history with a won-lost-tied record of 5-10-1, including 5-7-0 in league play.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,400 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.