Nowak Brace Hands Women's Soccer Joyous Home Opener

Amanda Nowak scored two second-half goals in a 2-1 home victory over Dominican on Sept. 13, 2017. (Steven R. Smith)
Amanda Nowak scored two second-half goals in a 2-1 home victory over Dominican on Sept. 13, 2017. (Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – An opportunistic Amanda Nowak (Kolbuszowa, Poland/Lyndhurst [N.J.]) tallied a pair of unassisted second-half goals, lifting Felician University to a 2-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's soccer victory over visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College on Wednesday evening at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. Felician (1-3-1, 1-1 CACC) was playing in its 2017 home opener.

Golden Falcon freshman goalkeeper Jamie Kazenmayer (Forked River, N.J./Lacey Township) faced 10 shots and made five saves in earning her first collegiate victory.

An otherwise uneventful first period took a late downturn for the Golden Falcons when they were whistled for a foul in the closing seconds. Dominican senior midfielder Kaitlyn Montera (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South) lined up for the free kick mid-pitch a few yards past the midline and went for the frame. Her high-arching kick was punched back into the air by Kazenmayer. On its descent, Charger junior Taylor Calero (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown North) headed the ball into the net with just nine seconds remaining in the half.

It took Felician only three minutes, 40 seconds of period two to equalize. A ball played into the 18-yard box was redirected by a Charger defender. The ball bounded to the feet of Nowak, who finished from straight on, about 12 yards away.

As the game wore on, it was the hosts who appeared to create more chances. In the 65th minute, senior Danielle Stoll (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) set classmate Nowak up for an open opportunity from in close. But Dominican keeper Angelica Contreras (Baytown, Texas/Goose Creek Memorial) was on the spot for the save. Moments later, Golden Falcon senior Katina Kozlowski (Milton, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) got a free look from near the top of the box but drove the ball over the crossbar.

The eventual game-winner came with seven minutes, 22 seconds to play in regulation time, once again off of a deflection. Stoll sent a cross down the goal line from the right that a defender was unable to clear. Once again, Nowak was the first player to the loose ball and tapped it in. The Chargers got off two shots in the balance of time remaining, including one saved by Kazenmayer with 15 seconds to play.

Nowak led all players on the night with six shot attempts. Contreras was credited with three saves for Dominican (0-4, 0-2).

With her first two scores of 2017, Nowak increased her career goal total to 23. That is the most among active Golden Falcons and moves her into ninth place on Felician's all-time women's list.

The Golden Falcons continue a three-game homestand by entertaining Goldey-Beacom College on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Lyndhurst.