Jackson Strikes Again as Wildcats Draw with John Wesley

Jackson Strikes Again as Wildcats Draw with John Wesley

Pineville, NC - Jalen Jackson scored for the sixth straight match as the Johnson & Wales men's soccer team earned a 1-1 double overtime draw with John Wesley University on Wednesday at the OrthoCarolina Sportsplex.

Jackson scored in the 57th minute for the Wildcats (5-0-1), latching onto a long ball from Sam Fanning and rounding goalkeeper Tony Ramirez before slotting home for a 1-0 lead.

For Jackson, it continued a very impressive start to his junior season.  The Kannapolis native currently leads the USCAA in both goals (nine) and points (17).

The visitors denied Johnson & Wales victory late in regulation.  John Wesley's Jose Perez converted from the penalty spot in the 85th minute after the official ruled for handball, beating goalkeeper Kennedy Little to his left.  The goal was the first surrendered by the Wildcats this season.

Both sides worked to carve out chances in the ensuing two overtime periods, but ultimately were forced to settle for a draw.  The Wildcats are now unbeaten in eight matches dating back to the 2016 season.

"It was a great game to watch for the spectators," said head coach James Drzewiecki.  "All credit to John Wesley, I thought the standard of play was good.  We had a few big decisions that didn't go our way, but I was really impressed with the tougness our guys showed to fight through and get the result.  Playing a man down for nearly 40 minutes, we held up well defensively.  We learned a lot about our team today and what sort of resolve they have to offer."

The Wildcats will resume play on Friday as they travel to Elizabeth City, NC, to play in-state USCAA rival Mid-Atlantic Christian.  Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.