FELICIAN WOMEN'S SOCCER MAKES HISTORY WITH RANKING; PHILADELPHIA RANKED AGAIN
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Felician College women's soccer team made school history on Tuesday when it received a regional ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Felician (7-2, 6-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) is tied for the No. 9 spot in the NCAA Division II East Region. Philadelphia University continues to be ranked for the fourth straight week and is currently eighth.
The Felician athletics program reclassified to NCAA division II from the NAIA in the fall of 2002. Since that time, no Golden Falcon women's sport had received a regional ranking from any organization at any time until the NSCAA acknowledged the soccer program on Tuesday. Guided by fourth-year head coach Thomas Notte, Felician is off to its best start since 2001. It has won four consecutive matches and stands second-place in the 13-team CACC. The team is led offensively by senior forward Stephanie Jimenez and sophomore midfielder Alysia Arcona (two goals, seven assists). Junior goalkeeper Allie Couzo is second in the CACC with a 1.33 goals-against average.
Philadelphia checks in with an 8-1-1 record to go with a 7-0 CACC mark. The Lady Rams are riding an eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) since falling to Adelphi back on Sept. 3. Adelphi is currently ranked sixth in the region. Sophomore forward Kristen Furguson leads PhilaU with five goals and three assists for 13 points, while junior forward Trisha Sileo has contributed 11 points with four goals and three assists. Goalie Kelly Kowalewski stands first in the conference in goals-against average (0.60) and save percentage (.878).