LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Georgian Court University scored once in each period and grabbed a 2-0 victory from visiting Felician University in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at the GCU Track & Field Complex.
Felician redshirt freshman goalkeeper Alex Ficarra (Phillipsburg, N.J.) made a season-high 14 saves.
The Golden Falcons' efforts took a blow when, just 33 seconds into the match, a Felician player was issued a direct red card for committing a foul from behind as the last defender before the goalkeeper. The call forced the visitors to play a man down.
With help from Ficarra, Felician navigated the situation for more than 37 minutes. But with 8:03 remaining until halftime, the Golden Falcons were again whistled for a foul in the defensive third, this time in the penalty area. Georgian Court senior Javel Dawkins (Stratford, Conn.) converted the ensuing kick to break the scoreless deadlock. Ficarra stopped a Daniel Chochlinski (Ratoath, Ireland) header in the closing seconds to preserve the 1-0 deficit at the break.
The sides evened up with about 32 minutes left in regulation time when a Lion was sent off with his second caution card of the match. But five minutes later, GCU (2-5, 2-1 CACC) doubled its lead despite Ficarra's best efforts. During a flurry in front of him, the Felician netminder made three saves in rapid succession. But his stop of Landry Cheta's (Brighton, United Kingdom) header caromed right back to Cheta, who pushed it past the goal line with 26:10 to go.
The Lions' Tom Ardron (Lancashire, United Kingdom) hit a goalpost with a shot moments later, but it mattered little, as the hosts were able to keep Felician off the scoreboard. The Golden Falcons took eight shots on the day. Two were on goal, and both were saved by Ryan Baird (Union Beach, N.J.) for the shutout.
Leo Yang (Seoul, South Korea) led Felician (2-5, 1-2) with four shots. Daniel Vicente (Kearny, N.J.) got off six for the Lions.
The teams were booked a combined 11 times in the match.
Felician continues its CACC schedule on Wednesday in Bronxville, N.Y. with a 3 p.m. kickoff against Concordia (N.Y.) College.