Wildcats cruise to 5-0 win in physical contest

Wildcats cruise to 5-0 win in physical contest

Johnson & Wales began their home slate with a 5-0 win against Doane University at the Regency Athletic Complex in downtown Denver.

JWU set the tone early as Arianna Flores (Goodyear, Ariz.) sent a ball in from the corner that Savanah Heinz (Aguanga, Calif.) headed in to give JWU the 1-0 lead in the first two minutes. a minute later, Kassidy McKevitt (Fort Collins, Colo.) put a shot on frame but Samantha Prince made the stop. Emily Smith (Westminster, Colo.) headed ball in in the 7th minute off a corner kick by Emily Schmuckler (Prescott, Ariz.) to put the Wildcats up 2-0.

Freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.) was tested in the 16th minute but Peters made the save and kept the Tigers scoreless. Johnson & Wales had seven more shots on goal in the first half as they continued to put pressure on Doane. Flores took a pass from McKevitt and slotted it past the Doane keeper to give JWU a 3-0 win just before the break.

The Wildcats began the second half five more shots on goal in the first 20 minutes as they continued to look for their fourth. Rebecca Brock (Amarillo, Texas) chipped a shot from 15 yards out over the goalkeepers head in the 74th minute to give the 'Cats a 4-0 lead and McKevitt notched her second assist of the day.

Peters faced a flurry of activity in the six yard box in the 80th minute but made two saves and got help from the goalpost to keep the Tigers off the board. McKevitt had her third assist of the game in the 84th minute sending a ball through to Amanda Thoe (Montrose, Colo.) who shot it from 15 yards out to give JWU their fifth goal.

Peters earned her first collegiate clean sheet in the 5-0 win and made six saves in the match. Johnson & Wales had 19 shots on goal with McKevitt, Thoe and Flores putting three on frame each.

Johnson & Wales will host Avila University on Sunday at 12pm at the Regency Athletic Complex on the campus of Metro State University in downtown Denver.