Men's Soccer Celebrates Seniors, But Downed By Griffins

2019 Men's Soccer Senior Night
(Photo by Kyle Eisenstein '23)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Chestnut Hill College scored twice on set pieces during its 3-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's soccer victory over host Felician University on Saturday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Prior to the game, Vice President of Administration Francine Andrea was on hand to help Felician celebrate Senior Night. Five Golden Falcon seniors – Estuardo "Junior" Borja (Kearny, N.J./Kearny), Chris McLaughlin (Hollis, N.Y./Preparatory Academy for Writers), Kevin Valdivia (Hawthorne, N.J./PCTI), Jordi Vim (Barcelona, Spain/Bell'lloc del Pla) and Dean Wright (Dublin, Ireland/Colaiste Choilm) – were honored in a brief ceremony.

Chestnut Hill, however, was the first side on the scoreboard. A line drive free kick by Griffin senior Paris Bruhn (Horst Holstein, Germany/Bismarckschule Elmshorn) traveled diagonally across the 18-yard box and was headed into the net by classmate Mo Ehmer (Staines, England/ACS Egham International). Fourteen minutes, 44 seconds, remained until halftime.

An opportunistic Griffin side extended its edge in the 53rd minute. CHC junior Miguel Marra (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) intercepted a Felician clear attempted in the Golden Falcons' defensive third. Marra dribbled past the defender to gain a 1 v. 1 chance with Felician freshman goalkeeper Alex Ficarra (Phillipsburg, N.J./Notre Dame-Green Pond [Pa.]), which he won.

With 28:17 left in regular time, Felician sophomore Leo Yang (Seoul, South Korea/Queen of Peace [N.J.]) converted a penalty kick. But the hosts were never able to score during the run of play, and Chestnut Hill secured the victory with a Bruhn header off a corner kick in the 73rd minute.

The Golden Falcons out-shot Chestnut Hill, 20-13, with Griffin keeper Frank Maniscalco (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) earning the victory with seven saves. Marra led the visitors with six shots, while McLaughlin got off six for Felician. Ficarra was credited with four saves.

Felician completes its CACC slate with a trip to Waterbury, Conn., on Tuesday for a 2 p.m. kickoff against super-regionally ranked Post University.