Greenville, SC - Johnson & Wales University's Men's Soccer Team was finally back on the field after a long hiatus. The Wildcats traveled to Greenville, SC to take on Bob Jones University. The physical contest ended with a 2-0 JWU victory.
The Bruins (1-4-1) had the run of play early in the match. That trend continued as BJU's Jesse Rush drew a penalty kick in the 24th minute. Wildcat keeper Julio Pena came up big with the save and claimed the rebound shot by Rush as well. JWU coach Matt Payne saw that as a turning point in the game, "We had a really long break and I was worried about how rusty we'd be. While I do feel like we were flat in the first half, I think the team was energized by Julio's PK save. That seemed to spark us going forward."
Shortly after the penalty save, Pena started an attack with a long punt from his box. Tito Villanueva claimed the kick and combined with Weeb Isaac in the attacking third. Some nifty footwork from Villanueva freed up some space as he played Isaac in. Isaac slotted the shot away in the bottom corner for his second goal of the season. The Wildcats would take that lead into halftime.
The second half saw JWU (3-0) come out with a little more purpose from the beginning, but it wasn't until the 65th minute that the Wildcats would tally another goal. After jostling for the ball near the sideline, Villanueva won a throw-in and took it quickly to free Brandon Greene in the attack. Greene did the rest, creating some space with a few feints before rifling a shot into the top right corner from 12 yards out. It was Greene's second goal on the season.
"I told the guys before the game that Bob Jones is known for their hard work, tactical discipline, and organization. I'm really proud of the guys for stepping up to meet that challenge."
JWU is back in action on Sept. 22 at 7:30 pm as they host EMAC opponent Mid-Atlantic Christian University.