Notte Breaks Women's Soccer School Record For Coaching Wins

Tom Notte is the first Felician women's soccer coach to reach 50 career wins. (Dave Schofield)
Tom Notte is the first Felician women's soccer coach to reach 50 career wins. (Dave Schofield)

LYNDHURST, N.J.Thomas Notte of Mount Arlington became Felician College's all-time leader in women's soccer coaching victories when the Golden Falcons defeated visiting Holy Family University, 2-1, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action Saturday evening at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. Holy Family (6-4, 5-2) began the day in second place among the CACC's 13 teams.

Notte, in his seventh season at Felician, becomes the first Golden Falcon coach to reach 50 wins. He improved his overall won-lost-tied record to 50-57-11 (.470). Current Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. was 49-38-4 (.560) from 1998-2002.

On Saturday, Felician (5-2-2, 4-1-1) scored both of its goals in a span of less than a minute in the middle stages of the first half. The hosts opened the scoring with 14:29 left in the period when freshman Amanda Nowak (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) sent a diagonal cross from the left flank to junior Marissa Nieves (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial). Nieves sent a shot back in the direction it came, tucking the ball inside the left post for her second score of the season.

The Golden Falcons struck again 48 seconds later. Freshman Katina Kozlowski (Milton, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) received a pass through the middle of the box from senior Jordan Farley (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) and was able to finish from close range. It was the second goal of 2014 for Kozlowski.

Felican was able to deny the Tigers on two dangerous scoring opportunities. While the game was still scoreless, sophomore outside back Carly Brantner (Waldwick, N.J./Eastern Christian) got an angle and chased down a potential Holy Family breakaway, breaking up the play inside the 18-yard box before the visitors were able to get a shot off.

In the 60th minute, HFU junior Jenna Richards (Croydon, Pa./Conwell Egan) got free with the ball in the middle of the box. Golden Falcon junior goalkeeper Julia Sheridan (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Community) made an aggressive charge and saved a Richards shot from point blank range. The Tigers threatened again on the ensuring corner kick,, but Ashley Shackleford (Burlington, N.J./Holy Cross) volleyed a shot over the crossbar.

Shackleford got HFU on the scoreboard with 11 minutes, 50 seconds, to play in regulation. A through-ball from Kimber Kisselback (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) hit Shackleford in stride, and she sent a low diagonal shot across the box and past Sheridan to cut the Tiger deficit in half.

After Felician junior Macki Groves (Millville, N.J./Millville) hit the right post with a shot in the 82nd minute, Holy Family kept searching for the equalizer. The Tigers got off three shots in the last four minutes, with Sheridan saving a one-hop offering from Kisselback with 1:28 remaining to secure the victory.

Sheridan was credited with five saves, while HFU sophomore Kacie Booth (Maple Shade, N.J./Maple Shade) stopped six shots. Felician held edges of 17-14 in shots (8-6 on goal) and 6-2 in corner kicks.

Felician has won three consecutive matches. Its last two victories, at Georgian Court University on Sept. 27 and against HFU on Saturday, mark the first time in program history that the Golden Falcons have defeated both the Lions and Tigers in the same season.