Pineville, NC – Johnson & Wales University Men's Soccer Team welcomed Washington Adventist University in a rematch from earlier this season. History repeated itself as the two teams played another physical affair resulting in a 2-0 JWU victory.
The #1 Wildcats didn't take long to get on the scoreboard, as 30 seconds into the game Chance Wiginton wrapped a left footed shot into the side netting on a Tito Villanueva assist. JWU found themselves defending a furious WAU (7-4-1) attack for the rest of the half. The Shock, currently ranked #5 in the USCAA D1 Coach's Poll, outshot JWU 5-1 in the first half.
The second half began with the Wildcats on the front foot, earning an early corner in the second minute. Again JWU (8-1) struck early as Jonathan Fucci headed home the pin-point corner kick from Marcos Perez. That score would hold for the rest of the game, as Julio Pena came up with 5 crucial saves to earn the shutout, including an incredible one vs one stop on Douglas Guevara in the 63rd minute.
"Washington Adventist is always going to be a tough, physical game. They are a good team that really took it to us most of the game. We didn't get many opportunities, so I'm happy that we took them when they arose," commented Wildcats Head Coach Matt Payne. "At the end of the night, though, we put in a tough shift of team defense and Julio came up big for us when we needed him to."
JWU returns to the field on Oct. 20 for Senior Recognition against Piedmont International University at 2:00 pm. Johnson & Wales will also be celebrating Homecoming this weekend.