'Cats finish strong for 2-1 win

'Cats finish strong for 2-1 win

The Wildcats closed out their first weekend at home with a 2-1 victory over Avila University on Sunday afternoon in downtown Denver.

Neither team were able to get their offense going early as the two sides were held shotless in the opening 10 minutes. Dean Rounsevell (Port Macquarie, Australia) got the first shot on frame for the game in the 12th minute but Mario Curiale made the save. Johnson & Wales continued to press but Kyler Fowkes (Arvada, Colo.) saw hit attempt go wide. 

Jason Boyle (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) and Lucas Prolow (Evergreen, Colo.) each had a shot on frame saved in the 33rd and 34th minutes, keeping the game scoreless. Jordan Collier (Plainfield, Ill.) was forced to make his first save of the contest in the 43rd minute. Boyle had one last attempt before halftime but his shot went wide sending the game into the break scoreless.

The second half had just gotten underway as Zach Peterschmidt (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a long throw-in that he hit a diving Josh Costello (Gold Coast, Australia) who headed it past the Avila keeper to get the 'Cats on the board.  JWU continued to press with Andy Siddoway (Sandy, Utah) having hit 49th minute attempt saved.

Collier made another save in the 68th minute to keep JWU's one goal advantage. Avila's Curiale made a pair of key saves in the 77th minute with a flurry of activity in the box. Mitchel Erickson (Pueblo West, Colo.) sent a long pass up to a streaking Christian Gallegos (Alvin, Texas). Gallegos took the pass and continued to drive up the field and shot from 15 yards out past Curiale to give JWU a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes to play.

In the 88th minute, Christian Howe broke through for the Eagles, taking the ball from a long throw-in and putting in the back of the net to cut the 'Cats lead to one goal.

Prolow and Gallegos each had a pair of shots on goal and Prolow had three total attempts for Johnson & Wales. The Wildcats forced Curiale to make eight saves throughout the contest. Collier came up with two saves in the win.

Johnson & Wales will head to Kansas next weekend for matches at Southwestern College and Bethel College.