NYACK, N.Y. – Redshirt sophomore midfielder Corey Telfer (North Brunswick, N.J.) scored three goals, including the tying tally late in regulation and the overtime game-winner, to lift Felician College to a 4-3 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's soccer victory over host Nyack College on Wednesday afternoon at Moseley Field.
The victory was the first in the collegiate careers of Felician freshman goalkeeper John Burns (Saddle Brook, N.J.) and interim head coach Erik Kotynski. Making his first start of the season, Burns weathered a barrage of 32 shots from Nyack and was credited with 10 saves.
The Warriors (0-6-1, 0-4-0 CACC) out-shot Felician, 13-4, in the opening period, but Telfer came up with the half's only goal. Junior Kevin Cueva (Lumberton, N.J.) was able to get a cross in the air across the 18-yard box to the head of Telfer, who finished at 18:50.
The contest opened up dramatically in period two. Little more than five minutes had gone by when Nyack was awarded a penalty kick, which Mathias Wenger (Rostock, Germany) converted to tie the game. Two minutes, nine seconds, later, the Golden Falcons struck again, with senior Rafa Coronel (Mexico City, Mexico) earning his first marker of 2014.
Two long-distance scores gave Nyack its first lead of the day. In the 59th minute, Warrior senior Artur Piperkov (Bremen, Germany) beat Burns with a 35-yard blast. Wenger followed in the 70th minute by bending a corner kick directly into the net.
Another long ball re-knotted the match for Felician (1-7, 1-3). With just 3:28 to play in regulation, Telfer was able to get a 20-yard shot through the hands of Nyack freshman keeper Michael Reger (Grafton, N.Y.) and over the goal line.
Telfer completed the hat trick and gave the Golden Falcons their first win of the season with 90 seconds remaining in the first extra session. A crossed ball took a fortunate deflection off of Reger to Telfer, who tapped in the golden goal.
Cueva finished with two assists. Telfer topped Felician with five shots, while Warrior sophomore Stefano Cozzarelli (Guyanquil, Ecuador) led all players with eight. Reger made three saves.
Telfer's hat trick was the first three-goal game by a Golden Falcon male since Adrian Sutcliffe performed the feat at Concordia (N.Y.) College on Oct. 22, 2011. Telfer entered Wednesday with one collegiate goal in 21 matches.