LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Felician University women's soccer team waited a long time to break into the scoring column in 2018. When the Golden Falcons finally found the back of the net, they celebrated by repeating the process almost immediately.
Felician tallied twice in the 52nd minute and again in the 87th to earn a 3-0 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Concordia (N.Y.) College on Wednesday evening at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. The Golden Falcons (1-3, 1-1 CACC) were playing their first home contest of the season.
All three Felician goal scorers on the night – juniors Joanne Arvanitakis (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) and Katie Paz (Bethpage, N.Y./Island Trees) and freshman Valerie Adamo (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) – scored for the first time in their college careers.
Wednesday's first period was uneventful. Felician amassed a 5-1 corner kick advantage for the half, but the sides were rarely dangerous.
With Felician in its offensive third early in period two, junior Danielle Jenkin (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes) tapped a ball back to Arvanitakis. The junior defender launched a shot across the box and curved it inside the far post. It was the Golden Falcons' first score in 322 minutes this season, and in 429 minutes dating back to 2017.
The Golden Falcon defense quickly won the ball and went back on the attack. A ball played mid-box caromed off a defender, and Paz knocked it out of the air and into the net.
The Felician defense remained in control, rarely allowed the Clippers to string together multiple passes. With 3:20 remaining, Adamo came up with the clincher, getting free down the left side and finishing for the unassisted tally.
Felician finished with a 10-4 shot advantage. Arvanitakis topped all players with four attempts. Golden Falcons sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Kazenmayer (Forked River, N.J./Lacey Township) needed two saves to earn her first shutout of the season and the fifth of her career. Freshman Jocelyn Hellier (Lithia, Fla./Newsome) was credited with four saves for Concordia (0-3, 0-2).
Felician remains at home to take on Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Lyndhurst