LYNDHURST, N.J. – Junior midfielder Rafa Coronel (Mexico City, Mexico) scored once in each period as the Felician College men's soccer team entered the win column for the first time in 2013, downing visiting Nyack College, 2-0, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Tuesday afternoon at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.
Felician (1-4-1, 1-2-1 CACC) put a halt to a 13-match on-field winless streak dating back to last season. The Golden Falcons also scored more than once for the first time since a 2-2 draw with Holy Family University on Sept. 22, 2012, a span of 16 matches.
On Tuesday, Felician took the opening kick and quickly moved the ball, with Coronel missing wide with a shot just 26 seconds into the action. The play was a harbinger, as the Golden Falcons led the day in shots, 18-11, and saw Coronel take a game-high six.
A strong individual effort by Coronel gave Felician the lead. In the 30th minute, he intercepted a clear attempt while nearly 30 yards from the goal line. He dribbled in aggressively on Nyack freshman goalkeeper Tom Lohman (Berlin, Germany), who fouled him inside the penalty area. The Golden Falcons allowed Coronel to take the ensuing penalty kick, which he converted for his first NCAA goal.
In a match filled with corner kick chances for both sides (10-9 Felician), the hosts cashed in on one early in the second half. Alex Jean's (Notre Dame de Londres, France) effort from the left corner found the head of Coronel, who beat Lohman again at the 54:41 mark.
The Warriors' best showing came in the match's final 20 minutes, and Felician senior keeper Daniel Wroblewski (Brick, N.J.) found some more help from his defense to preserve the shutout. Freshman Makesi Lewis (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad) cleared a ball off the goal line in the 77th minute, and with 1:08 to play, Jean also stopped a Nyack opportunity in front.
Lohman and Wroblewski each finished with three saves in going the distance in net. The teams combined to commit 32 fouls and receive six cautions.