'Cats drop first match of 2016

'Cats drop first match of 2016

The Wildcats headed west for a Thursday afternoon contest against #18 Marymount College in Torrance, California.

From the opening whistle the Mariners proved to be a tough matchup for the Wildcats as they pushed the offensive tempo early. Marymount was called offsides early in the contest as JWU got a first glance at their speed. A shot in the 11th minute was stopped by the Wildcat's defense as the Mariners got their first look at the goal.

Ouren Nikklels got Marymount on the board in the 12th minute, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. Marymount continued to press and put several shots high or wide of frame as the first half continued. Jordan Collier (Plainfield, Ill.) made a save in the 27th minute to keep it a one goal contest. JWU went down a man in the 40th minute after a red card was shown and were forced to play the rest of the contest with 10 men. Marymount added a second goal just before half to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

Collier made the stop on the first shot he saw in the second to keep the score the same. AJ Gulaid (Littleton, Colo.) put the Wildcat's first shot on target for JWU in the 62nd minute but Alejandro Rodriquez made the save. Michael Genge (Thornton, Colo.) took over in goal for Johnson & Wales in the 77th minute as the 'Cats trailed 5-0.

The 18th ranked Mariners finished with two more goals to take the 7-0 win and handing JWU their first loss of the season.

Gulaid had the 'Cats only shot on goal and Collier made four saves. Genge finished the match with one save.

(RV) Johnson & Wales (8-1-3) will take on Hope International University on Saturday at 12pm PST on Saturday.