The Wildcats closed out their first week of competition with a Monday afternoon matchup against McPherson College at Aurora Sports Park.
The visiting Bulldogs got on the board in the third minute as they took advantage of a Wildcat player down at midfield and played the ball up the field. A pass across the box fell to the feet of Danielle Kakebeen who slotted it past Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.). In the 19th minute, Amanda Fischer (Littleton, Colo.) sent a ball high on an attempt to tie the contest. In the 23rd minute, Asianna Harris (Las Vegas, Nev.) put a shot on target but McPherson's Christie Silber made the save. Kelsie Treloar (Conifer, Colo.) forced the Bulldog's keeper to make another save in the 27th minute as the 'Cats continued to look for the equalizer.
In the second half, the Wildcats continued to put pressure on the Bulldog's defense but McPherson were able to hold strong and fend off the Wildcat's attempts. In the 65th minute, McPherson doubled their lead after Alexis Lynn capitalized on a rebound after a save fell to her feet. In the 77th minute, Kassidy McKevitt (Fort Collins, Colo.) drove up the field but her attempt deflected off the near post. The Wildcats kept peppering McPherson with shots but weren't able to break through, falling 2-0.
Harris led Johnson & Wales with two shots on goal and Peters had two saves for the 'Cats. The Wildcats forced McPherson's Silber to make five saves in the match.
The Wildcats hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Sioux City, Iowa next weekend for matches at Briar Cliff University and Morningside College.