PROVIDENCE, RI – During the first 29 minutes, the Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team was playing a chess match with Suffolk University, just looking for an opportunity to attack. When the Wildcats made their move it was checkmate early as JWU trounced the Rams, 9-0, on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the GNAC Tournament.
Johnson & Wales: 15-4
JWU: Nick Tolman, 3 Saves, 0 Goals; Record: 12-4
SU: David Haines: 7 Saves, 9 Goals; Record: 0-1
During the two games against Suffolk this season, the Wildcats have scored 15 goals, including four each by junior Xavier Carty (Mt. Vernon, NY) and freshman Tucker MacPherson (Raymond, NH). Carty had a hat trick on Sunday while MacPherson had a pair as did Teagan Drake (Waterbury, Vt.).
Carty scored the first game of the year, the eventual game-winner, at the 29:30 mark of the first half when he put back the rebound of Devin Walshe's (Coventry, RI) shot. He added two more goals in second half. The hat trick is the first of Carty's collegiate career and the second by a Wildcat this season. Byron Arboleda (Pawtucket, RI) scored three times against Anna Maria on Oct. 21.
The nine goals are the most the Wildcats have scored since posting an 11-1 win over Southern Vermont College on October 23, 2005. Johnson & Wales has won 10-straight games – equaling the streak from the 2006 squad – and has won 19-straights at home over GNAC opponents.
For the second-straight game, and fifth time in seventh games, MacPherson scored a pair of goals. He's tied for the league lead with 13 goals and is tops in the GNAC at 33 points. The rookie redirected a shot from Chris Schmid (Clifton Park, NY) at the 39:27 mark for the second goal of the game. MacPherson also assisted on the fourth goal of the game.
That goal was the first of two by Drake as he scored the fourth and fifth goals. It's the first multi-goal game of Drake's collegiate career. Schmid tallied three points as he scored the third goal of the game an assisted on two more.
JWU Statistical Leaders:
Xavier Carter: 3 Goals
Tucker MacPherson: 2 Goals, 1 Assist.
Teagan Drake: 2 Goals
"I think it was a matter of figuring out the first goal and I felt (Suffolk's) resolve might change once we got that first goal. Over the course of the game we established ourselves as a dynamic attacking team."
-JWU Head Coach Dave Kulik
The Wildcats will play host to Norwich in the semifinals of the GNAC Tournament on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Johnson & Wales beat Norwich 3-2 in overtime during their regular-season meeting.