Bulldogs spoil Wildcats second-half heroics

Emad Bashir-Mohammed
Emad Bashir-Mohammed

AURORA - The Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team continued its string of tough defeats Friday against visiting Texas Lutheran. 

Down 3-1 with just over 10 minutes to play in regulation, the Wildcats stormed back with a pair of goals in the span of seven minutes to send the SCAC matchup into overtime. 

Sophomore AJ Watters headed home a free kick by Kyle Hernandez in the 80th minute to pull the Wildcats within a goal, 3-2, to ignite the comeback. Not long after, junior Emad Bashir-Mohammed was taken down in the box, a play that resulted in a penalty kick goal by freshman Coby Zazueta to tie it at 3-all in the 87th minute. 

After a scoreless first overtime period, the Bulldogs snagged the victory on an own goal by JWU in the 101st minute. 

The Wildcats have now came up on the wrong end of four straight one-goal contests, three of which have gone to overtime. 

After goals by TLU's Marco Roman and Luis Green in the first 20 minutes, Bashir-Mohammed struck from 20 yards out on feed by freshman Ezequiel Chavez to make it 3-1. Sophomores Brandon Coder and Erick Torres each played a half in net for the Wildcats, making three saves apiece. 

JWU returns to ASP on Sunday to host Southwestern at 1 p.m. on Field 46, located on the southeastern part of Aurora Sports Park.