Wildcats fight back for 2OT draw

Wildcats fight back for 2OT draw

Johnson & Wales capped off their home opening weekend with a 2-2 double overtime draw against Avila University on Sunday.

Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) tested the Eagles keeper early with a shot on goal in the 4th minute, but AU's Shea Myer made the save. The Eagles scored on their first shot on target in the 9th minute as Caroline Hayes sent a ball to the top left from 15 yards out. JWU had a series of corner kicks and Savana Heinz (Aguanga, Calif.) sent her shot high as the 'Cats looked for the equalizer. 

Victoria Diaz (San Dimas, Calif.) made the save in the 19th minute, setting up a run for Johnson & Wales to go the other direction but Rebecca Brock (Amarillo, Texas) had the attempt saved. The Eagles added a second goal in the 33rd minute as Kennedy Doustou sent a ball over Diaz's head.

Arianna Flores (Goodyear, Ariz.) had one more attempt before halftime but her shot was saved and the 'Cats trailed by two goals headed into the break.

In the second half, the Eagles started strong to begin the period, forcing Diaz to make two saves in the first six minutes. JWU kept searching for their first but saw their shots go wide. In the 57th minute, the Wildcats made a switch in goal as Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.) stepped in net for JWU.

Peters made her first save just two minutes later as Johnson & Wales started to find more opportunity with their possession. Amanda Thoe (Montrose, Colo.) sent a long ball through to Martin who scored in the top left to get the 'Cats on the board in the 67th minute.

The tides changed for JWU in the 69th minute as Martin sent in a pass to Emily Schmuckler (Prescott, Ariz.) who scored the equalizer from 10 yards out. With the match tied, the Wildcats looked for the go ahead goal as the momentum had finally shifted back to them. JWU had late shots go wide of frame sending the game into overtime.

Schmuckler almost had the game winner in the 95th minute but Avila's Shea Myer made the stop. Flores and Thoe had back to back attempts in the second overtime persiod but Myer made both saves, ending the game in a draw between the two sides.

Flores, Schmuckler, and Martin each had two shots on goal for the Wildcats. Diaz recorded seven saves for JWU in 56 minutes and Peters had two saves in 53 minutes of play.

The Wildcats will travel to Kansas next weekend for matches at Southwestern College and Bethel College.