'Cats fall in home opener

'Cats fall in home opener

Johnson & Wales opened their home schedule on Tuesday night when they hosted Colorado College in the first home SCAC contest for the JWU program.

The opening minutes of the match began with the two sides feeling each other out and trying to find a rhythm. In the 15th minute, Alexis Araiza (Dallas, Texas) was called into action, making the stop on an attempt by CC's Skyler Stark-Ragsdale. Five minutes later, JWU's Daniel Perez (Las Vegas, Nev.) had the first attempt of the game for Johnson & Wales but his attempt went wide of frame. The Tiger's got on the board in the 27th minute as Rory Buck headed a ball sent in off the corner kick to the upper right giving CC the 1-0 advantage.

Araiza had another save in the 30th minute, making the stop on a header from Matthew Simons. Araiza had another save before the half as JWU trailed 1-0 at the break.

In the second half, David Furnas (Memphis, Tenn.) stepped into goal for Johnson & Wales to begin the period. Furnas was forced to make an early save in the opening minute as Colorado College looked to double their lead. The visiting Tigers continued to pressure the 'Cats, but JWU's defense kept fighting off their attempts. In the 64th minute, Ali Mohamed (Djibouti, Djibouti) had his header attempt go wide of frame as the Wildcats kept looking for the equalizer. Furnas did his part for the Wildcats, making three big saves over a five minute span to keep it a one-goal game.

The Wildcats kept looking for the tying goal but Johnson & Wales wasn't able to make it happen, dropping their home opener 1-0.

Furnas had six saves for Johnson & Wales and Mohamed had two attempts for JWU. Three different players had two shots on goal for Colorado College.

Johnson & Wales continues their homestand on Friday when they host Southwestern University at 4:00pm at Aurora Sports Park.