Late goal propels 'Cats to win

Late goal propels 'Cats to win

Johnson & Wales stayed on the road for a midweek contest at Sterling College on Thursday afternoon. The 'Cats started their offensive push slow as they worked out the patterns and coverage of the host Warriors defense. Jesus Mojardin (Tijuana, Mexico) had the first shot of the game but saw his attempt go wide of the frame in the 7th minute. In the 23rd minute, an attempt by Sterling College also went wide and the Warriors sent another shot off target two minutes later.

In the 26th minute, the Wildcats were awarded a penalty kick which sent Kyler Fowkes (Arvada, Colo.) to the spot. Fowkes converted the attempt to put the 'Cats up 1-0. Four minutes later, the Wildcats doubled their lead as Fowkes sent a ball in from the corner flag and Josh Costello (Gold Coast, Australia) headed it past the Warrior's keeper with Christian Gallegos (Alvin, Texas) also earning an assist.

On JWU's next push down the field, Costello had his attempt saved by Sterling's goalie as Johnson & Wales started to find their momentum. JWU had two more shots before the break but sent them high and wide to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.

In the 57th minute, the Warriors got on the board with a goal by Miguel Romero. After the goal, the 'Cats continued to push forward but couldn't find the angle to slip the ball past Sterling's Julio Chavez. In the 74th minute, Sterling College found the equalizer to setup an exciting final 15 minutes.

Johnson & Wales continued to push, knowing they had the ability to find the game-winner. Ty Stephens (League City, Texas) found the back of the net in the 82nd minute, taking a pass from Gallegos and giving the 'Cats the one goal advantage for the final eight minutes. Sterling College had one more attempt that went wide but the Wildcat defense locked down for the final few minutes to preserve the win.

Costello had two shots on goal for Johnson & Wales and Gallegos notched two assists. JWU had five corner kicks while holding the Warriors to just one attempt.

Johnson & Wales will travel to Boston next week to take on Fisher College in an A.I.I. matchup on Wednesday.