CALDWELL, N.J. – Junior goalkeeper Julia Sheridan (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Community) made seven saves, including the halting of a first-half breakaway, to help lead No. 5 seed Felician College to a 2-0 victory over host and No. 4 seed Caldwell University in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's soccer quarterfinal match on Monday afternoon at Caldwell Field.
Senior midfielder Jordan Farley (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) and freshman forward Katina Kozlowski (Milton, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) scored fewer than 4 ½ minutes apart in the early stages of the second half for Felician (11-4-3).
The Golden Falcons advance to the CACC semifinals, which will be hosted by Post University. Felician faces No. 1 seed Philadelphia University on Thursday at noon at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury, Conn. Philadelphia earned a 2-0 home win over No. 8 seed Wilmington (Del.) University in another Monday quarterfinal. Felician will be making its first trip to the CACC women's soccer semis since 2003.
Caldwell, the 2013 CACC champion, concludes its season with a record of 9-7-2.
While midfield play and defensive ball-winning hallmarked the first half, each goalkeeper came up big to keep the period scoreless. In the 12th minute, Caldwell senior Natalie Migoya (Lincoln Park, N.J./Morris Catholic) was freed by a through-ball for a breakaway. Sheridan came off her line to stop a Migoya offering, and was able to control the rebound. It was the first shot of the contest for either side.
With fewer than 29 minutes gone by, Farley launched a shot from straight-on and about 25 yards away. Caldwell senior keeper Robin Franchi (Sewell, N.J./Deptford) leapt and punched the ball over the crossbar. Felician came up empty on the ensuing corner kick, and the half would end with each team getting off only three shots.
Felician wasted little time taking the lead once intermission ended. After the Cougars were whistled for a foul in their defensive third, Farley rocketed a 22-yard free kick into the upper right corner of the net with 2:18 gone by in the half. It was her fifth goal of the season.
The score touched off a free-wheeling five-minute stretch where offensive opportunities were plentiful. Less than one minute after Farley's score, Migoya appeared to have the equalizer with a long shot from outside the top left corner of the 18-yard box. But Sheridan was once again ready for the moment, parrying the ball over the bar. She made another save after the ensuing corner kick, and her squad was soon once again on the offensive
Franchi saved consecutive Golden Falcon shots in the 50th minute, but the second ball crossed over the endline for a corner kick. After the ball was initially cleared by the Cougars, Felician senior midfielder Kirsten Mortelliti (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) recovered and pushed a shot just outside of the right post.
The pressure paid off moments later. Franchi made a leaping save of a deep shot from Golden Falcon freshman Amanda Nowak (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst). However, the ball caromed off of Franchi's hand and then hit the right goal post. It ricocheted diagonally across the box, and Kozlowski finished from five yards away at 51:41. Nowak was credited with an assist on the play.
Helped by an active back line, Sheridan completed her fourth solo shutout of the season. She secured the victory with three saves in the final 35 minutes.
Felician finished with edges of 11-9 in shots and 5-2 in corner kicks. Franchi was credited with five saves.