Late surge keys Wildcats victory

Late surge keys Wildcats victory

DENVER – A flurry of offense in the final 20 minutes carried the Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Centenary College on Sunday at Aurora Sports Park.

Despite a relatively even first half, the Wildcats found themselves trailing 1-0 with time running out. Then in the 73rd minute freshman Coby Zazueta's successful penalty kick gave the Wildcats the equalizer, invigorating the hosts to chase down their first win of the season.

Zazueta scored again off a free kick in the 88th minute, capitalizing on a chance created when Centenary goalkeeper Sami Borchalli was issued a red card.

JWU (1-4-1) didn't just sit on the lead but added to it a short time later when freshman Josh Guzman scored off a feed from Arnold Ntsama Kilama for some late insurance.

"We all called this was going to be our first win. We're not leaving without a W," Zazueta said. "Once I scored that first PK, we got our energy up and dominated the rest of the game."

A new-look JWU Denver attack finished with 26 total shots and five corners. Defensively sophomore Brandon Coder made five saves in net to earn his first win this season for the Wildcats.

Coach Andy Kohel's team returns to action Friday at Southwestern.