LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Jefferson Rams converted a penalty kick in the 99th minute to earn a 2-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's soccer victory over host Felician University on Saturday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.
Senior forward Chris McLaughlin (Hollis, N.Y./Preparatory Academy for Writers) scored for Felician (3-11, 2-8). It was the 20th goal of his career. He is the first Golden Falcon male to reach that milestone since Nick Levinson completed his career with 22 goals from 2003-06.
The Golden Falcons were unable to leverage a 10-2 first-half shot advantage into a difference on the scoreboard. Only two of the offerings were on goal, and both were stopped during period's final five minutes by Jefferson sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Paul (Feasterville, Pa./Father Judge). The sides entered the break scoreless.
The Rams broke through with 7:39 gone by in the second half. Senior Hunter Dyson (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newton) chased a ball on the left wing and sent a cross parallel to the goal line that found the foot of classmate Charlie Livesey, (Sandbach, U.K./Holmes Chapel). Livesey touched the ball inside the right goalpoast.
McLaughlin equalized for the Golden Falcons in the 66th minute. Fellow senior Dean Wright (Dublin, Ireland/Colaiste Choilm) laid a ball ahead for McLaughlin, who send a low blast from the top of the 18-yard box inside the left post.
The teams played their way into overtime, during which most potential scoring opportunites were broken up by the opposing defense. But with 1:14 left in the first extra session, Felician freshman keeper Alex Ficarra (Phillipsburg, N.J./Notre Dame-Green Pond [Pa.]) came out for an aggressive challenge. Ficarra was called for a foul, and the play was ruled inside the penalty area. Livesey's successful kick, his seventh goal of the season, ended the match.
Paul earned the victory with four saves. The Rams (6-7-1, 6-3) emerged victorious despite disadvantages of 17-8 in shots and 5-2 in corner kicks for the night.
Felician continues a four-game homestand with a 7:30 p.m. non-conference match against the College of Staten Island on Wednesday in Lyndhurst.