DENVER -- The Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team dropped a heart-breaker Friday against in-state rival Colorado College. Griffin Meyer's goal in the fifth minute of overtime lifted the visiting Tigers to the 2-1 victory over the host Wildcats at Aurora Sports Park.
Despite playing a man down for a majority of the contest, JWU Denver held the lead in the first half and had chances to win it late in regulation. It just wasn't meant to be for the Wildcats (1-7-1), who played with 10 men for the final 66 minutes after sophomore Logan Moore picked up his second yellow card in the 29th minute.
The Wildcats opened the scoring shortly after losing Moore when junior Emad Bashir-Mohammed punched home a feed off a free kick by sophomore Kyle Hernandez. Bashir-Mohammed's third goal of the season came in the 30th minute to give JWU a 1-0 advantage.
The Tigers, however, fought back to even the score just before halftime when Sam Bermingham scored off Miles Montgomery's cross.
Colorado College kept the pressure on in the second half with 13 total shots, including three on target, but sophomore goalkeeper Erick Torres and the Wildcat defense stood firm. JWU nearly won it in the final minute of regulation, but CC keeper Keeher Felton turned away freshman Josh Guzman's potential game-winner in the 90th minute.
Two minutes into overtime, Bashir-Mohammed's free kick from 25 yards out sailed just over the crossbar, and not long after the Tigers ended the non-conference matchup between the two SCAC schools.