The Wildcats opened their home slate on Thursday afternoon with a contest against (RV) Bellevue University at Aurora Sports Park.
The first half hour of the contest was fairly uneventful as the two sides used the time to feel each other out. Michael Genge (Broomfield, Colo.) made the first save of the contest in the fourth minute. Genge was called on again in the 22nd and 24th minutes and made the stops necessary in both. The visiting Bruins broke through in the 38th minute as they were awarded a penalty kick after a foul in the box. Fergus Bunn (Melbourne, Australia) almost found the equalizer in the 42nd, but BU's Harry Wray made the stop.
Shortly after the start of the second, the Wildcats were awarded a penalty kick where Ben Flannery Bartlett (Lake Minnetonka, Minn.) stepped up and put it in the back of the net. The tied game was short-lived as the Bruins picked up their second just under two minutes later. The Bruins quickly added two more goals in the next four minutes to lead 4-1 after 55 minutes of play. In the 86th, Kyler Fowkes (Arvada, Colo.) stepped up to the spot after the 'Cats were awarded their second penalty shot of the game and converted to cut the deficit to 7-2. Three minutes later, Zach Peterschmidt (Colorado Springs, Colo.) corralled a ball in the box and put it past the Bruin's keeper. Austin Collier (Plainfield, Ill.) picked up an assist on Peterschmidt's goal.
By the final whistle, the 'Cats had dropped the 7-3 decision to open their home schedule.
Genge had six saves for Johnson & Wales and Fowkes led the Wildcats with two shots on goal.
The Wildcats will host #13 Midland University on Saturday at 6:00pm at Aurora Sports Park.