LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Felician University women's soccer team remains mathematically alive for a berth in the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoffs, but its road to the league tournament became bumpier following a 3-0 CACC loss to visiting Holy Family University on Saturday evening at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.
Felician (3-9, 3-7 CACC) is one of four teams fighting for the final two of eight playoff slots. The Golden Falcons sit in 10th place, one point behind Post University and Dominican (N.Y.) College. However, all three teams Felician is chasing, including sixth-place Nyack College (13 points) have three games remaining, while the Golden Falcons have two left.
Felician was celebrating Homecoming & Family Weekend on Saturday, and withstood Holy Family's pressure during a scoreless first half. The Tigers owned a 9-0 shot advantage for the period, but Golden Falcon sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Kazenmayer (Forked River, N.J./Lacey Township) made seven saves.
Kazenmayer stopped three more shots in the first five minutes of period two. Each team cleared a ball off the other's goal line, as the game clock wound under 19 minutes of regulation time remaining, the match remained scoreless.
After Kazenmayer's save total reached 13, the visitors broke through. Senior Bree Rock (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem), the 2017 conference Player of the Year, was freed inside the 18-yard box by a long pass from classmate Alyssa Christiansen (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent) and finally got a ball past Kazenmayer on her seventh shot of the game.
Rock left no doubt of the result when she tallied unassisted goals 36 seconds apart in the 81st and 82nd minutes, her 14th and 15th of the season. HFU ended the night with advantages of 23-4 in shots and 5-0 in corner kicks. Kazenmayer matched a career high with 14 saves, while Tiger freshman keeper Alayna McSeed (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) stopped two shots to earn the shutout.
Felician has six days off from competition before travelling to Chestnut Hill College on Oct. 20.