The Wildcats closed out a long slate of home games on Monday with an afternoon contest against Bellevue University.
Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) got the first chance of the game in the fifth minute but Bellevue's Laurence Rodier made the save. A header by Bellevue's Lays Freitas went high at the other end of the field just two minutes later as both sides tried to feel one another out. Martin had another shot on goal in the 10th minute but Rodier again made the stop. Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.) made two saves in the 14th and 15th minutes to keep the Bruins off the board. Jordan Lairamore (Lakewood, Colo.) tried to catch Rodier off guard with a shot from deep in the 26th minute but Rodier was able to make the stop.
In the 32nd minute, the Bruins found their way on the board as Kylee Mastromonaco passed a ball across the box to Lays Freitas who put the shot just to the right of a diving Peters. Peters had another save in the 40th minute to keep the Wildcats just a goal down at the break.
The second half got underway with Peters making the needed stops to keep the Wildcats within striking distance. In the 77th minute, Kassidy McKevitt (Fort Collins, Colo.) got her head on a ball sent into the box but her attempt went high. A late attempt by Kelsie Treloar (Conifer, Colo.) was blocked by the Bruins as they held off Johnson & Wales for the 1-0 win.
Martin led the Wildcats with two shots on goal and Peters made seven saves for Johnson & Wales.
The 'Cats will head to North Dakota this weekend for a Friday match at University of Jamestown and then head to Aberdeen, South Dakota for a Sunday contest against Presentation College. Johnson & Wales won't play at home until the end of October for the final weekend of the regular season on October 27 & 29 when they host Grace University (Neb.) and Ottawa University (Ariz.).