Costello scores twice in Wildcats road win

Costello scores twice in Wildcats road win

The Widlcats traveled to North Newton, Kansas on Sunday for an afternoon contest at Bethel College.

After a slow start to the contest offensively for JWU, Mitchel Erickson (Pueblo West, Colo.) put a shot on from in the 9th minute, but Bethel's Kobi Rossum made the stop. In the 12th minute, Josh Costello (Gold Coast, Australia) headed in a ball to put the Wildcats on the board. Ty Stephens (League City, Texas) and Tanner Hoffman (Sioux Falls, S.D.) each earned an assist on Costello's goal. 

In the 18th minute, Hoffman had his own attempt saved by Rossum as the 'Cats continued to knock on the door. Two minutes later, Stephens sent a ball in to a waiting Lucas Prolow (Evergreen, Colo.) who put it past Rossum giving JWU the 2-0 lead. Ben Flannery Bartlett (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Kyler Fowkes (Arvada, Colo.) each had a shot saved in the 23rd and 28th minutes.

Before the half, Jesus Mojardin (Tijuana, Mexico) and Dean Rounsevell (Port Macquarie, Australia) each put a shot on frame looking to give the 'Cats a larger advantage but Rossum made both stops to send the game into halftime with JWU up 2-0.

Mojardin began the second half offensively for the Wildcats with a shot on goal in the 48th minute that was saved as JWU looked to keep their offense going. Mark Ramirez-Tapia (Longmont, Colo.) saw his attempt deflect off the crossbar in the 51st minute.

Costello collected his second goal of the game in the 54th minute, slotting a ball past Rossum to put the 'Cats up 3-0.

In the 67th minute, Michael Genge (Thornton, Colo.) took over in goal for the Wildcats, looking to earn the 'Cats sixth clean sheet of the season.

In the 80th minute, the Threshers were called for a foul in the box, sending Andy Siddoway (Sandy, Utah) to the penalty spot for the second straight game. Siddoway stepped up and put the ball past the Bethel keeper giving JWU their fourth goal of the match.

The Wildcats were able to keep their strong defense going and held off the Threshers for the 4-0 victory.

The 'Cats finished with 12 shots on goal in the contest with Fowkes, Mojardin, and Costello each having two shots on frame. Costello had two goals for the 'Cats and Hoffman had a pair of assists in the win. Johnson & Wales collected their sixth shutout of the season in nine games played and are tied with Hope International in total shutouts this season. JWU will take on Hope International in two weeks in California.

Johnson & Wales returns home next weekend for matches against Friends University and University of Jamestown (RV) beginning on Friday afternoon at 3:30pm at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.