DENVER - An early goal by junior Dohnovyn Jackson gave the Wildcats hopes for an upset, but the Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team was unable to sustain that momentum against one of the top teams in the conference.
A hat trick by Andrea Codispoti carried Trinity University to the 5-1 win Friday night at Aurora Sports Park, pushing the Tigers record to 9-3-2 overall and 5-1 in the SCAC. The Wildcats, who snapped a streak of seven stright one-goal games, fell to 2-13-1 and 1-6.
Freshman Dylan Reimer set up the early goal by Jackson, who scored for the first time as a Wildcat by sending the ball through the near left side in the fourth minute to give JWU a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats were on track to take the lead into halftime before Philip Duenez punched home a rebound to a wide-open net in the in the 35th minute to tie it at 1-all heading to the break.
Codispoti then exploded for three goals in the first 14 minutes of the second period to allow the Tigers to pull away on a frigid night at ASP.
Trinity finished with a 19-4 advantage in total shots and an 8-0 edge in corner kicks.
JWU returns to ASP on Sunday to host Schreiner when defender Austin Coder will be honored for Senior Day. The Wildcats then wrap up the 2019 season Nov. 1 at Colorado College.