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Wildcats fall in season opener

Wildcats fall in season opener

Johnson & Wales opened their 2017 season on the road at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky on Monday afternoon.

The Eagles were able to open the game with the first draw control and drove their way down the field to put a ball past the Wildcat's keeper Hanna Jo Eady (Newnan, Ga.) to go up 1-0. The Wildcats had control of the next draw but Kyra Ganagemi (Elkton, Md.) saw her attempt go wide. The Eagles continued to pressure Johnson & Wales and get possession of the ball, pushing their lead up to 4-0 five minutes into the game. Caricia Orozco (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) sent a shot wide as the Wildcats looked to get their way onto board. 

Stormie Acosta (Orange, Calif.) broke through for Johnson & Wales midway through the first half to get the first of the game and the first of her collegiate career. At the break, the Wildcats trailed 17-1 and Eady made nine saves for JWU in the half. 

In the second half, the Eagles worked the clock and Johnson & Wales had started to find some defensive rhythm. Gangemi scored a second goal for Johnson & Wales with 7:42 to play as the 'Cats trailed 2-20. Gangemi beat the final whistle with another goal to add a third for Johnson & Wales.

Gangemi led Johnson & Wales with four shots and put three on goal. She scored two goals for the Wildcats and notched five draw controls. Eady made 11 saves for Johnson & Wales in the loss. Three different players had four goals for the Eagles and Rebecca Teeples had seven shots on goal for AU. Sarah Rhodes made one save.

Johnson & Wales (0-1) will take on Cumberland University on Wednesday at 1pm EST in Williamsburg, Kentucky.