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'Cats season ends in semifinals

'Cats season ends in semifinals

Johnson & Wales opened their first-ever postseason appearance on Friday afternoon with a semifinal matchup against Central Christian College.

In the 6th minute, Rebecca Brock (Amarillo, Texas) sent a shot high as the Wildcats looked for early opportunity. The visiting Tigers got on the board first later in the 7th minute as Isabel Sierra settled a ball from Rachel Meier and kicked it in from 15 yards out.

Neither team had much offense for most of the first half as they traded possesesion throughout the midfield. In the 36th minute, Emily Schmuckler (Prescott, Ariz.) sent a header high as the 'Cats looked for the equalizer. Hailey Jensen (Gillette, Wyo.) sent a shot high in the 37th minute as the Wildcats continued to press.

After 45 minutes of play, the visiting Tigers held the 1-0 advantage.

In the second half, Central Christian added a second goal in the 52nd minute as Nikki Neal hit a free kick from 19 yards out. Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.) made a save on an attempt by Shannon Huesca in the 58th minute. In the 64th minute, Amanda Thoe (Montrose, Colo.) forced CCC's Goldie Bougher to make a save on her shot. Kassidy McKevitt (Fort Collins, Colo.) had a shot on goal in the 69th and 75th minutes that Bougher made stops on to keep the 'Cats off the board.

Johnson & Wales kept pushing with their season on the line, as Arianna Flores (Goodyear, Ariz.) and Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) had consecutive shots saved in the 81st minute.

Johnson & Wales couldn't find the equalizers, falling 2-0 in the conference semifinal game.

McKevitt led Johnson & Wales with two shots on goal and Peters made one save. 

The 'Cats end their 2016 campaign with a 9-8-1 record, their best in program history.