'Cats fall in JWU Cup Title Match

'Cats fall in JWU Cup Title Match

The Wildcats capped off the 2016 JWU Cup in the title match against the Providence campus on Sunday afternoon in Rhode Island.

The Providence squad tested Denver's Victoria Diaz (San Dimas, Calif.) early in the contest with an attempt in the 56th second but Diaz made the save. In the third minute, Christina Schneider headed in a ball off a corner kick past Diaz to put Providence up 1-0. Providence kept putting pressure on Denver offensively but Diaz and the 'Cats defense held up after the early goal.

Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) got the first shot on frame for Denver in the 29th minute but Providence's Colleen Lynch made the save to keep Denver off the board. Denver started to find some momentum late in the first half with Amanda Thoe (Montrose, Colo.) seeing her attempt saved in the 36th minute. Arianna Flores (Goodyear, Ariz.) and Emily Schmuckler (Prescott, Ariz.) saw their attempts go wide of the net late in the half as Denver trailed 1-0 at the break.

In the second half, Schmuckler sent an early attempt wide as Denver continued to look for the equalizer. Flores put a shot on target in the 69th minute but Lynch made the stop. Denver had one last short on frame in the 86th minute but Schmuckler's shot was saved by Lynch.

Diaz was on the wrong end of a hard charge into the box in the 88th minute and saw her night end early. Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.) took over between the sticks for JWU Denver for the final two minutes as the 'Cats fell 1-0 behind Providence's early goal. 

Four Denver Wildcats each had a shot on target and Diaz had seven saves in the contest.

Savanah Heinz (Aguanga, Calif.), Kelsie Treloar (Conifer, Colo.) and Flores were all named to the JWU Cup All-Tournament team following the match.

Johnson & Wales (3-1-0) will open their home schedule on Friday afternoon when they host Doane College at the Regency Athletic Complex at Metro State University in downtown Denver.