Concordia Falls Short in 4-3 Defeat by Felician
Purchase, NY – The Concordia College Clippers men's soccer team faced off against Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) foe Felician College this afternoon. In a hard fought battle by both teams, the Golden Falcons were able to edge the Clippers, 4-3 for their eighth win of the season.
Felician got on the scoreboard first with a penalty kick opportunity during the 11th minute. Adrian Sutcliffe (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) took the kick and found the back of the net to give the Golden Falcons an early 1-0 lead. Concordia would answer back in the 18th minute off a free kick from outside the 18-yard box. Mario Fantozzi (Naples, Italy) took the free kick opportunity and sent the ball towards Ekene Okereke (Beliefield, Germany) who was able to knot the game at 1-1.
Felician scored one more goal in the half as Azedine Maazouzi (Brussells, Belgium) made the best of a turnover in the Clippers' defensive end. Maazouzi was able to score with a low shot into the corner of the goal to give the Golden Falcons a 2-1 lead going into halftime.
Sutcliffe scored his second goal of the game in the 68th minute on another penalty kick. During the penalty, Concordia would lose a player because of a red card and play a man down for the remainder of the game. Minutes later, Sutcliffe scored his third goal of the game as he rebounded a shot taken by Kevin Sinic (Leibnitz, Austria) to give Felician a 4-1 lead.
A minute following the Golden Falcons' goal, the Clippers' Jorge Brohoquis (Manizales, Columbia) scored to cut the lead down to only two goals. Concordia knew that the game was far from over and they still had a chance.
With only eight minutes to go in the game, David Mero (Randolph, NJ) made a cross to Michael Barbetto (New City, NY) who headed the ball into the goal to bring the Clippers within striking distance at 4-3. However, Concordia was unable to score the equalizer as Felician held on for the victory.
Paul Wavell (London, England) recorded four saves as the Clippers' goalkeeper while Anthony Tsouhnikas (Clifton, NJ) made two saves. The Golden Falcons outshot Concordia by a margin of 16-11.
The Clippers (2-12-0, 2-7-0 CACC) will look to bounce back after their tough loss as they will host Chestnut Hill tomorrow for a 3pm match. The game will take place at SUNY Purchase and directions can be found at the Clippers' men's soccer schedule on ConcordiaClippers.com.