PROVIDENCE, RI – Ninety minutes of regulation and two overtime periods were not enough to decide the winner between the Johnson & Wales University Providence and North Miami men's soccer teams in the first day of the JWU Cup. Providence won the penalty kick shootout, 4-3, to prevail 2-1 on Friday.
Johnson & Wales (NM): 0-1
Johnson & Wales (PVD): 1-0
Both schools made their first two penalty kicks then Providence goalkeeper Nicholas Mancini (Toms River, NJ) stopped Bradley Langhorne in the third round. Sophomore Robert Hayman (Tompkins Cove, NY), put Providence up 3-2. After another North Miami miss, Providence had a chance to win in the fourth round, but Chris Schmid (Clifton Park, NY) also missed.
North Miami made its fifth attempt, but Riley McNicholas (Hopkinston, NH) gave Providence the victory when he buried his attempt. The win was Providence's first on penalty kicks since the 2013 GNAC Championship game when JWU defeated Lasell, 5-3. Current assistant coach Ryan Dzierzawski made two saves and Ray Durski hit the game-winning penalty kick.
North Miami got on the board just six minutes into the contest when Emiliano Solar took the corner kick from Victor Codo and beat Mancini on the right side. Providence answered at the 25:25 mark when Andrew Vecere (Wayne, NJ) took a through ball from Xavier Carty (Mt. Vernon, NY) and beat North Miami keeper Joaquin Orlando from 20 yards out.
Providence had its opportunities to win the game before penalty kicks. The hosts outshot North Miami 12-4 during the second half and overtime. Providence had a 17-8 advantage in shots and both teams took five corner kicks. Mancini made seven saves in his JWU debut.
Providence will now face Denver in the championship game on Sunday 7 p.m. North Miami takes on Charlotte at 1:30 p.m. in the consolation match.