NYACK, N.Y. – The Felician College women's soccer team matched its season-best offensive output with a 4-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over host Nyack College on Tuesday afternoon at Moseley Field. Sophomore forward Stephanie Hesse (Lincoln Park, N.J.) scored twice for Felician (3-2-2, 2-1-1 CACC).
The Golden Falcons earned a 4-3 victory at Le Moyne College in their season opener, but then tallied only three times in their next five matches. On Tuesday, team leading scorer Macki Groves (Millville, N.J.) got the visitors out to an early lead when she collected a pass across the 18-yard-box from sophomore Carly Brantner (Waldwick, N.J.) and converted from in close in the 18th minute.
Felician struck again late in the first period. With 4:48 showing on the clock, senior midfielder Jordan Farley (Brick, N.J.) launched a ball from 35 yards away that arced perfectly over Nyack goalkeeper Madeline Barbarino (Staten Island, N.Y.) and into the net. However, the Golden Falcons could not escape the period unscathed. As time wound down, a ball deflected off of Golden Falcon keeper Julia Sheridan (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) to the foot of Warrior junior Brittany Cruz (Suffern, N.Y.), who got a shot past Sheridan with 18 ticks remaining.
Nearly 14 minutes into the second half, a Nyack player was sent off with a direct red card. Felician used its ensuing man advantage and some fundamentally sound defense to limit the Warriors' chances. Hesse checked in with 15 minutes to play, and her fresh legs helped her team secure the victory.
With 12:08 to play, Hesse took a pass from Katina Kozlowski (Milton, N.Y.) and turned in her first collegiate goal. She later ran onto a long ball from senior Kristen Torpiw (Hopatcong, N.J.) and scored from the top left corner of the box as 5:24 remained.
Felician earned a 17-10 shot advantage, including 8-3 after halftime. Playing just 58 minutes, Hesse topped the Golden Falcons with four shots. Sheridan claimed the victory, making five saves.
Krystal Vega (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) attempted a team-high four shots for Nyack (2-5, 2-2).
Felician concludes a stretch of four consecutive conference road matches by traveling to Georgian Court University on Saturday.