Johnson & Wales played through 110 minutes to end the game in a double overtime draw in the JWU Cup Championship game on Sunday night. JWU Providence ultimately took home the Cup after taking the 5-4 win in penalty kicks after the final whistle.
JWU Denver saw their defense tested early in the contest as JWU Providence sent two shots wide of frame in the first few minutes of the game. Mitchel Erickson (Pueblo West, Colo.) got the first shot on target of the game in the 10th minute but Jon Robbins made the save for Providence.
The game was a very physical contest as eight consecutive fouls were called between the two sides over a 12 minute span. Jordan Collier (Plainfield, Ill.) made his first save of the game in the 27th minute, stopping an attempt by Andrew Greenleaf. Three minutes later, Jason Boyle (Arvada, Colo.) put a shot on frame but Robbins again made the stop.
Ben Flannery Bartlett (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) nearly got Denver on the board just before halftime but his header deflected off the cross bar to send the game into the break 0-0.
The offense started slow in the second half for both teams with neither team getting the ball on frame through the first 35 minutes. Denver held much of the possession in the second half but couldn't get a shot off when they were in the box.
Christian Gallegos (Alvin, Texas) got the only shot on frame of the second half in the 80th minute but Providence's Nicholas Mancini made the stop. Neither team could find the back of the net in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
In the first overtime period, Denver had two shots but neither was in target as the game was sent to another 10 minute extra period. Providence had two shots in the second overtime period that were off target and Collier made another stop to keep the scoreless draw.
Following the end of the second overtime period, the two teams went to one end of the field to take corners to determine who would take home the JWU Cup. JWU Providence won 5-4 in penalty kicks to keep the JWU Cup in the Ocean State.
JWU Denver had three shots on goal throughout the 110 minutes and Collier made two saves. Denver had the 5-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities. This was Denver's 4th clean sheet in five matches this season.
Boyle, Gallegos, and Kyler Fowkes (Arvada, Colo.) were all named to the JWU Cup All-Tournament team.
Johnson & Wales will open their home schedule on Friday at 3:30pm when they host Doane College at the Regency Athletic Complex on Metro State University's campus in downtown Denver.