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Wildcats fall against #13 Midland

Wildcats fall against #13 Midland

The Wildcats hosted #13 Midland University on Saturday night at Aurora Sports Park to wrap up three matches in five days.

In the eighth minute, the 'Cats were called for a foul in the box, setting up Midland University with a penalty kick. Michael Genge (Broomfield, Colo.) made the stop on the initial attempt but James Kilburn gathered the rebound and put it back on target to put Midland up 1-0. The Warriors put a lot of pressure on the 'Cats back line but the Wildcat's defense continued to step up and force Midland to rush their attempts. In the 37th minute, Mark Ramirez-Tapia (Longmont, Colo.) ran the ball up the middle and chipped in a shot from 15 yards out to level the contest at one goal each. Kyler Fowkes (Arvada, Colo.) forced Midland's Shazz Heale to make the stop just a minute later as the 'Cats started to find some momentum

In the second half, Genge continued to come up big for Johnson & Wales with five big saves in the first 25 minutes of the period. The Wildcat's defense kept the stalemate going for most of the half, forcing the Warriors to rework their game plan. Midland finally broke through in the 82nd minute to go up 2-1 after a ball was headed in off a corner kick. The Warriors went up 3-1 in the 88th minute with a close shot that just beat Genge.

Fowkes and Ramirez-Tapia each had a shot on goal for the Wildcats and Genge finished with nine saves. 

The Wildcats head to Sioux City, Iowa next weekend for matches at Briar Cliff University and Morningside College.