RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's soccer program has qualified for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament for the fifth consecutive year. Its road toward advancing in the 2012 playoffs goes through the league's regular-season champion, Wilmington (Del.) University.
Guided by fifth-year head coach Thomas Notte, Felician (7-8-1, 5-6-1 CACC) won its final two CACC matches to move into a tie for eighth place in the 13-team conference and earn the No. 8 seed in the tournament via a tiebreaker. On Sunday, the Golden Falcons will travel to Newark, Del., to take on No. 1 seed Wilmington in first-round playoff action at the new WU Athletics Complex. Kickoff time is noon.
Felician is seeking its first CACC championship. The Golden Falcons are led on offense by junior striker Alysia Arcona (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown), who is tied for fourth in the CACC with 27 points on 12 goals and three assists in 16 games. Freshman midfielder Macki Groves (Millville, N.J./Millville) has six goals, and senior midfielder Emily Gleason (East Hanover, N.J./Morris Catholic) owns a team-high six assists. Senior goalkeeper Allie Couzo (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial), a 2011 all-CACC selection, has played to a 1.79 goals-against average.
Wilmington (10-6-2, 10-1-1) captured the CACC regular-season crown for the second time in three years. The Wildcats are also seeking their first conference championship. Senior goalkeeper Amanda Walters (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) has five shutouts and is second in the conference with a 1.40 GAA. Wilmington has 10 players in double figures in points, topped by 27 (10g, 7a) from junior forward Chelsea Grace (Palmyra, N.J./Palmyra). The Wildcats have outscored opponents, 48-27, on the year.
Wilmington won the 2012 regular-season meeting between the schools, 2-0, on October 13 in Lyndhurst, N.J. The Golden Falcons and Wildcats also met in the postseason first round in 2010, when, with the seeds the same, Wilmington earned a 6-3 victory in New Castle, Del.
Directions to the WU Athletics Complex are available at http://www.wilmu.edu/athletics/facilities/sportscomplex.aspx. Ticket prices for Sunday's game are $6 for adults and $3 for children, students (with ID) and senior citizens. Children age three years and under will be admitted free. Wilmington will also offer a free live audio feed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wilmuathletics.
Post University in Waterbury, Conn., will host the semifinals and finals of the CACC Tournament. Sunday afternoon's winner will take on the Georgian Court University-Nyack College first-round winner on Thursday at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury at either 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
The 2012 CACC Championship Game is slated for Saturday, November 3, at noon at LaMoy Field on the Post campus.