'Cats fall in conference opener

'Cats fall in conference opener

Johnson & Wales opened their SCAC schedule on Sunday with an afternoon contest against Austin College.

The hosts looked to make a mark early, peppering Alexis Araiza (Dallas, Texas) with a pair of shots early. Araiza made both saves in the fifth and ninth minutes to keep the game scoreless. The 'Roos continued to pressure Johnson & Wales with several attempts that went off target as they looked to get the first goal of the game. Emad Mohammed (Darfur, Sudan) had the first shot of the contest for the Wildcats but his attempt went wide as the scoreless match continued. Araiza had two more saves before the break as both teams went into the break continuing to look for the first goal.

In the second half, Austin College broke through first in the 46th minute, with Juan Ramirez beating Araiza to the left post. Ramirez doubled the lead four minutes later with a shot going in on the right side this time. Araiza made the save on the next shot off the restart to keep it a two goal game. Austin College maintained their pressure on Johnson & Wales with a three goal lead entering the final 10 minutes. Kyler Fowkes (Arvada, Colo.) put a shot on target in the 87th minute but AC's Joseph Khalaf made the saves to help preserve the 3-0 win for the Kangaroos.

Mohammed had two shots for Johnson & Wales and Araiza made 10 saves for Johnson & Wales.

The Wildcats will open their home schedule on Tuesday evening when they host Colorado College at 6pm at Aurora Sports Park.