PROVIDENCE – A lightening delay during halftime was just the jolt the Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team needed Wednesday night. The Wildcats scored four unanswered in the second half on their way to a 7-4 decision over Elms College.
Johnson & Wales: 4-1-1
After only one goal in 110 minutes of action on Sunday, the Wildcats got on the board in the seventh minute. Freshman Erik Schneider (Plantsville, Conn.) scored for the second game in a row as he took the long pass from Xavier Carty (Mt. Vernon, NY) and found the back of the net from 10 yards out.
Elms answered with a pair of goals, but Schneider struck again to even the game at 2-2. Andrew Vecere (Wayne, NJ) served up a centering pass that Schneider buried in the back of the net. He's the second Wildcat to score two goals in a game this year and the first rookie to do it since Tucker MacPherson last season against Suffolk in the GNAC Tournament.
The Blazers took a 3-2 lead into the locker room on header by Shaquille Robinson – his second goal of the game. The start of the second half was delayed an hour and 35 minutes because of lightening. Anthony Palumbo made eight saves for EC.
Six minutes into the second stanza, Rob Zukofsky (Scotch Plains, NJ) scored his first goal of the year as he gathered the corner kick from Teagan Drake (Waterbury, Vt.) and scored from point-blank range. Freshman Jason Cruz (Providence, RI) gave JWU the lead back when he fired a rocket from 35-yards out. JWU got insurance goals from Chris Schmid (Clifton Park, NY) – the first of his collegiate career – Carty and Andrew Greenleaf (Allen, Texas).
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday when they travel to Norwich for a 7 p.m. tilt.