Charlotte, NC - JWU Men's Soccer hosted Christendom College on Saturday. Six Wildcat senior soccer players were honored prior to the game as part of Senior Day activities. Seeking to avenge their only USCAA loss of the season, the #2 Wildcats came out on top, 2-1.
The first half ended in a 0-0 deadlock, despite the Wildcats outshooting the Crusaders 12-1. JWU used two set piece goals in the second half to go up 2-0 on Christendom. The first came in the 50th minute when a Zack Savage received a short corner and found Ilijah Washington's head for his second career goal. Exactly 13 minutes later, Savage again found Washington for the header. This time, the header deflected straight down off of the crossbar, but Weeb Isaac was there to double the lead for JWU. James Foeckler would get one back for the Crusaders in a moment of individual brilliance, as he chipped Wildcat goalkeeper Vincent Diep from a difficult angle in the 71st minute. JWU would see the game's final 19 minutes out to claim the victory.
"I'm really proud of the guys for coming out with the win. That's a tough team to break down, and I felt that we created many great opportunities. We are still improving on being more clinical in the box, but I saw some strides in the creation department today," remarked JWU Head Coach Matt Payne. "Tons of credit to Christendom. They are very organized and make things extremely difficult to breakdown. Their goal was also very well taken. I have a lot of respect for their program and the way they come to compete."
The Wildcats celebrated six seniors: Chris Garcia, Tito Villanueva, Shawn Geiger, Chance Wiginton, Imani Washington, and Gunner Tootle. "This is a special class of players, and even greater class of people. I have no doubt that every member of this class will go on to lead wildly successful lives, and I'm proud that I get to be a small part of their story."
JWU moves to 10-4-1 on the season and travels to Regent University on November 3rd for their last regular season match. That game is slated for a 4:00 pm kick-off.