PROVIDENCE, RI – For the second game in a row, the Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team went to penalty kicks to decide a winner. Fortunately for the Wildcats, they came out on top again to win the JWU Cup. Providence got one save by goalkeeper Nicholas Mancini and hit all of their penalty kicks to defeat the Denver campus, 1-0. JWU won the shootout 5-4.
Johnson & Wales (DEN): 3-1-1
Johnson & Wales (PVD): 2-0
Jordan Collier (DEN): 2 Saves, 0 GAA
Nicholas Mancini (PVD): 1 Save, 0 GAA
After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, the JWU Cup winner was determined on penalty kicks. JWU keeper Mancini (Toms River, NJ) set the tone when he stopped Denver's first attempt from Kyler Fowkes. Providence made all five of its penalty kicks, with Riley McNicholas (Hopkinton, NH) nailing the game-winner for the second game in a row.
It's the first time in school history that Providence has had back-to-back games decided by penalty kicks. Johnson & Wales – who has not lost its first two games under fifth-year head coach Dave Kulik – won back-to-back overtime games for the first time since 2000. The Wildcats beat Emmerson and Roger Williams with 2-1 decisions on September 9 and 12, respectively.
Neither team was able to get into a rhythm offensively. Denver held a slim 11-10 margin in shots with Providence having the edge 3-2 for shots on goal. Six of Providence's 10 shots came in the second overtime, including a flurry in front of the net.
Johnson& Wales goes on the road Wednesday when it takes on the Coast Guard Academy at 6 p.m.
Men's Tournament All-Tournament
Xavier Carty, Providence – MVP
Nicholas Mancini, Providence
Rob Zukofsky, Providence
Andrew Vecere, Providence
Jason Boyle, Denver
Christian Gallegos, Denver
Kyle Fowkes, Denver
Monir Baskaron, Charlotte
Jason Rosales, Charlotte
Johnleo Andes, North Miami
Valentine Salines, North Miami