LYNDHURST, N.J. – Seniors Estuardo Borja (Kearny, N.J./Kearny) and Chris McLaughlin (Hollis, N.Y./Preparatory Academy for Writers) scored in their final collegiate game to help lift Felician University to a 4-2 non-conference men's soccer victory over visiting New York Institute of Technology on a cold Friday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.
The match concluded the 2019 campaign for both schools. Felician (4-14) received a goal and an assist from freshman forward Diego Duffort (Madrid, Spain/San Patricio).
The run of play was even throughout the night. Each team got off eight first-half shots and 12 second-period attempts, and the sides were whistled for 13 fouls apiece. The only difference between the squads after 45 minutes of action was a 12th-minute score by Golden Falcon redshirt sophomore Leo Yang (Seoul, South Korea/Queen of Peace [N.J.]). Yang ends the season riding a four-game goal-scoring streak.
The hosts created some breathing room when Duffort and Borja tallied 2:11 apart in the early stages of the second stanza. But in the 53rd minute, New York Tech senior Simon-Peter Omooba (London, England/University of East London) broke free behind the Felician defense and snapped the shutout.
The Bears, who used eight bench players to Felician's one, kept up the pressure. Golden Falcon redshirt freshman goalkeeper Alex Ficarra (Phillipsburg, N.J./Notre Dame-Green Pond [Pa.]) denied Omooba from close range in the 72nd minute, and the high-scoring senior hit a goalpost with a shot with fewer than 11 minutes left. Teammate Telmo Prego (San Sebastian, Spain/Jesuitak Donostia) put the rebound on frame but Ficarra made the save.
With 7:13 to play in regular time, Omooba finally succeeded in slicing his team's deficit to 3-2. But fewer than two minutes later, McLaughlin snuck a low shot inside the left post for the final margin.
Ficarra earned the victory with six saves. His New York Tech counterpart, freshman Alvaro Benito (Zaragoza, Spain/Fomento Monteragon) stopped six shots and picked up an assist. The Bears finished the season at 7-11.
McLaughlin completes his career with 21 goals, the most by a Felician male since Nick Levinson had 22 from 2003-06.