Johnson & Wales returned home for a Saturday afternoon contest against Dordt College at Aurora Sports Park.
The visiting Defenders had the first attempt of the game in the second minute, but Dallas Parker saw her attempt go wide of frame. Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) got the Wildcats on the board with the 'Cats first shot on goal. She received a pass up the middle from Rebecca Brock (Amarillo, Texas) and slotted the ball past the DC keeper from about 10 yards out. In the 14th minute, Kassidy McKevitt (Fort Collins, Colo.) doubled the lead for Johnson & Wales as she drove up the right side of the field and found an open shot from three yards out.
Jordan Lairamore (Lakewood, Colo.) looked to add to the 'Cats lead but DC's Karlee Kuyvenhoven made the stop on her attempt. Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.) got called into action in the 27th minute, making a stop on a Dordt College shot. At the other end of the field, Dordt was called for a penalty in the box that sent Martin to the spot. Martin converted the attempt to score her second of the game and put the Wildcats up 3-0. The Defenders got on back in the 37th minute as Rachel Zuidema headed a ball into the upper part of the goal to cut the 'Cats lead to 3-1 headed into the break.
The second half saw Brock put a shot on goal in the 51st minute but Kuyvenhoven made the save. Peters made a stop of her own on the restart to keep the score the same. In the 61st minute, Johnson & Wales was whistled for a foul in the box that setup the Defenders for a penalty kick attempt. DC's Natalie Sakuma made the shot to cut the Wildcats lead down to one goal. The 'Cats were forced to play a man down starting in the 62nd minute as JWU's McKevitt was shown her second yellow of the contest.
Dordt College tied the game at 3-3 in the 80th minute as Tori Mann sent in a long range ball from about 25 yards out that beat Peters. The Defenders looked to capitalize on the man-up advantage with three more shots on target in the final six minutes. Peters made the stop on an attempt by Alaina Van Zanten in the 89th minute and sent the ball up the field where it found the feet of Martin. Martin continued to drive up the field and chipped a ball over the charging DC keeper to put the 'Cats up 4-3 with 45 seconds left in the contest. Dordt wasn't able to get the late equalizer and Johnson & Wales secured the victory.
Martin had three goals on five attempts in the contest and Peters made six saves for Johnson & Wales.
The Wildcats will host Southwestern College on Sunday at 12:00 pm at Aurora Sports Park.