The Wildcats hit the road for a neutral field contest on Saturday against Madonna University.
The Crusaders got on the board first, with a shot on goal just 39 seconds into the game that beat JWU's Madison Herbert (Berthoud, Colo.). The 'Cats had an early man-up opportunity two minutes in. Ashley Guerrero (Downey, Calif.) saw her attempt saved by MU's Marissa West. Madonna University doubled the Crusader's lead just two minutes later. Guerrero broke through for Johnson & Wales at 6:08 into the period to cut the Crusader's lead in half. At 16:46, Kyra Gangemi (Elkton, Md.) passed a ball to Guerrero who put it past MU's West to bring JWU back within a point after trailing by two. Gangemi netted her first of the game following the draw and drove up the field to tie the game 3-3.
Herbert started to heat up in goal for Johnson & Wales, stopping three straight shots as the 'Cats kept the game tied. Guerrero converted a free position attempt with three and a half minutes to play to give Johnson & Wales their first lead of the game. Another goal by Guerrero put the 'Cats up 5-3 but a goal by the Crusaders added one more to give JWU a 5-4 lead headed into the break.
In the second half, Gangemi rang a shot off the post early in the period as the 'Cats looked to extend their lead. Gangemi scored off a free position attempt to push JWU's lead up two goals. The two sides traded attempts with both goalies stepping up to maintain the energy. Madonna rattled off three goals late in the game to go up 7-6 and hold off the Wildcats.
Guerrero finished with four goals and six shots on frame while Gangemi added another two goals. Gangemi had nine draw control wins for Johnson & Wales and Guerrero picked up five ground balls. Herbert had 10 saves for Johnson & Wales in the game.
The Wildcats will take on Midland University on Sunday in a KCAC matchup.