'Cats begin 2016 with 2OT draw

'Cats begin 2016 with 2OT draw

Johnson & Wales traveled across Denver on Sunday afternoon for a match at Trailblazer Stadium against Colorado Christian University.

The host Cougars tested Jordan Collier (Plainfield, Ill.) in the fourth minute but Collier made the save to keep them off the board. At the other end of the field Christian Gallegos (Alvin, Texas) put the first shot on from of the season for JWu but the CCU keeper made the stop. On JWU's next play down the field Kyler Fowkes (Arvada, Colo.) saw his attempt go high in the eighth minute. Colorado Christian picked up a yellow card in the 10th minute.

Johnson & Wales maintained possession through much of the opening half and found themselves setting up several set pieces. Ben Flannery Bartlett (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) headed a ball off a corner kick in the 29th minute but the CCU keeper made the save. Collier made two more saves in the 39th and 43rd minutes to close out the half 0-0.

In the second half the Wildcats again had their fare share of possession of the ball but couldn't find the finish in the box. The Cougars picked up their defense as the 'Cats continued to put pressure and looked for the back of the net. After 90 minutes of action the game was still 0-0 sending the contest into extra time.

In the first 10 minute period, CCU saw red as a high boot cut the Cougars down to 10 men. An attempt by Gallegos hit the post in the 95th minute setting up a corner kick for the Wildcats. An attempt by Gallegos was saved by the CCU keeper in the 96th minute. In the second overtime period, the CCU keeper was called for a handball just outside the box sending him off with a red card and setting JWU up for a game winner. The shot went high and Johnson & Wales kept hitting the Cougars offensively.

Despite the ball bouncing around in the box in the final few minutes, the Wildcats were never able to get a shot past the CCU keepers and ended the contest in a 0-0 double overtime draw.

Gallegos had three shots on goal for Johnson & Wales and led the team with seven total shots. Collier made five saves in the match to pick up his first clean sheet of the season. JWU had 21 shots in the game and had nine corner kicks.

The Wildcats will travel to Sterling College on Thurday afternoon for a 4pm MT contest against the Warriors.