The Wildcats traveled to Sterling, Kansas on Thursday to take on the Sterling College Warriors in both program's season opener.
The 'Cats had the first shot on goal of the game but the Warrior's keeper made the save to keep JWU off the board just four minutes into the contest. Through the middle portion of the opening period, the Warriors took advantage of each possession opportunity but saw five consecutive shots go wide of goal as Victoria Diaz (San Dimas, Calif.) and the backline cut down the open angles. Diaz made her first save of the contest with 20:42 left in the first half.
At 17:12, the Warriors got on the board with a goal by Miranda Coleman to lead the contest 1-0. Following the Sterling College goal, the Wildcats got their offensive chances with four attempts off target and another shot being saved just before half. After 45 minutes of action, the Warriors led Johnson & Wales 1-0.
After a halftime, the Wildcats maintained their offensive pressure with shots by Kelsie Treloar (Evergreen, Colo.) and Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) seeing their attempts go high and wide. With 36:17 to play, Rebecca Brock (Amarillo, Texas) put one in the back of the net to mark both the first of the season for the Wildcats and the first of her collegiate career. Johnson & Wales wasn't done yet though, as Martin sent in a ball to Savanah Heinz (Aguanga, Calif.) who headed it past the Warrior's keeper and put JWU up 2-1 with 33:16 to play.
On the next trip down the field, Emily Schmuckler (Prescott, Ariz.) added a third goal for the 'Cats to give Johnson & Wales the 3-1 lead with 32:24 to play. The Wildcats took their foot off the throttle after their third goal and used the clock to their advantage. With eight minutes left in the contest, Amanda Thoe (Montrose, Colo.) knocked a ball over the charging keeper to put Johnson & Wales up 4-1 and in control of the contest.
The Warriors didn't have another opportunity to find the back of the net before the final whistle sounded, as JWU took the 4-1 victory to open their 2016 season.
Johnson & Wales had eight shots on goal and 17 total shots in the contest. Schmuckler led the team with three shots on goal. The Wildcats defense held the Warriors to just two shots on goal and Diaz made one save.
Johnson & Wales will travel to Boston next week to take on Fisher College in an A.I.I. matchup before taking part in the 2016 JWU Cup in Providence, Rhode Island.