SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., – Felician University (0-3, 0-0 CACC) topped Shepherd University (1-3, 0-0 PSAC) by a score of 5-2 Saturday in a non-conference matchup that got intense at times.
Shepherd started by scoring early on a goal by Carlos Castillo in the eighth minute, but things went downhill for the Rams. Felician then scored four unanswered goals, two of them by Chris McLaughlin, and the others by Jorge Zerna and Leo Yang.
Tempers flared late in the first half when Shepherd forward, Steven Choque was called for a yellow card and a Felician player took offense to the foul, shoving Choque. The situation did not escalate as the players were separated. Six yellow cards were assessed during the game.
Shepherd did not score another goal until the 68th minute when sophomore Ryan Bowman capitalized on a scoring opportunity, which was his first collegiate goal. Bowman was aggressive on the attack, recording four shots, three on goal.
Felician responded 15 minutes later on another goal by McLaughlin, giving him a hat trick on the day. The senior now has 17 goals in his career.
Despite the scoring differential, Shepherd recorded more shots on goal, edging out Felician 12-10 in that category. Felician was able to rely more on set pieces as they had eight corner kicks to Shepherd’s three.
Felician is now 1-3 and will start conference play in their next game. It will be played September 21 against Wilmington University.
Shepherd’s record moves to 1-4. Their next game is set to be on Tuesday against Pitt-Johnstown.