Elena Falcone closes college career with goal

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch | November 10th, 2017 4:11 pm

Elana Falcone finished up her career with the Temple University women’s soccer team by scoring a goal in her final game Oct. 27 when the Owls lost to the University of Connecticut, 3-2.

A Scranton Prep graduate from Pittston, Falcone started all 18 matches for Temple and finished tied for third on the team in scoring despite being one of the key defensive contributors from her midfielder position.

Temple coach Seamus O’Connor explained Falcone’s contributions in a postgame interview after Falcone scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over East Carolina earlier this season.

“I’m very happy with Elana Falcone,” O’Connor said. “She has such a beautiful strike and we’ve been trying to get her into positions where she is able to score like tonight, because she’s been such a key to our defense and has been selfless in giving up looks at goal.”

Falcone, who was elevated to the role of team captain for her junior season, contributed four goals and an assist this season, despite that defensive and unselfish style of play.

The last of her goals came to open the scoring in the first minute of the second half during her collegiate finale for Temple, which finished 6-10-2. She also scored the team’s first goal of the season in a 3-2 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.

“The seniors were tremendous leaders throughout their time here and got the program going in the right direction,” O’Connor said.

Falcone was prominent in Temple’s plans from her freshman season and moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore.

She had been a four-year, all-star at Scranton Prep, where she graduated as the school’s all-time scoring leader with 84 goals and 31 assists and set a school record in track season as a javelin thrower.

After appearing in 13 games as a freshman at Temple, Falcone played in 20, making 18 starts, as a sophomore. While making the Temple President’s Honor Roll for having a GPA above 3.5, she scored six goals and led the team with four assists that season.

Falcone finished her career with 70 appearances, 53 of them as a starter, with 11 goals and seven assists.

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By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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