Wildcats nab overtime win on Sunday

Wildcats nab overtime win on Sunday

Johnson & Wales closed out their first weekend of home games with a 1-0 overtime win over Texas Lutheran on Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats got the game going in the 4th minute as Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) put a shot on frame, but TLU's Stephanie Barrientos got the save. The visitors got their first look at Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.) in the 5th minute, but Peters made the save to keep the game scoreless. Hailey Jensen (Gillette, Wy.) had a defensive save for the Wildcats in the 17th minute as both teams continued to test the other's defense. Amanda Fischer (Littleton, Colo.) had a shot just before halftime saved as the two sides went into the break still looking for their first goal.

The Bulldogs tested Peters early in the second half, but Peters maintained her defense rhythm and got the stop on Jaclyn Smolik's attempt. Texas Lutheran continued to pressure the Wildcats as the second half continued but JWU's defense kept coming up with the stops. Jenna Bonfardine (Culpepper, Va.) almost got the Wildcats on the board in the 77th minute, but TLU's Barreientos made the stop. In the 85th minute, JWU's Rebecca Brock (Amarillo, Texas) picked up her second yellow card of the game. The Wildcats would play the rest of the game with 10 players on the field. Texas Lutheran almost beat the clock in the 90th minute but the attempt from Bailey Nimtz went off the crossbar. The game went to overtime with both squads still looking for the game winner.

JWU's Katherine Owings (St. Louis, Mo.) had her attempt go wide of frame in the first overtime period with the Wildcats feeling the momentum. After the goal kick, Asianna Harris (Las Vegas, Nev.) gathered the ball in the midfield and passed it up to a streaking MartinMartin dribbled the ball on a one vs one with TLU's Barrientos. Martin chipped a shot that Barrientos deflected off the cross bar and into the back of the goal as JWU grabbed the 1-0 overtime victory.

Martin had two shots on goal and the Wildcats had five shots on frame as a team. Peters made three saves for Johnson & Wales in the win.

Johnson & Wales (4-2-0, 3-1-0 SCAC) will head to Schreiner University on Friday, September 21 when they take on the Mountaineers at 4pm MT.