PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With Tropical Storm Jose off the New England coast, heavy winds played a role in the GNAC men's soccer contest between Johnson & Wales University and Suffolk University. The Wildcats got the lone goal of the game in the second half as they prevailed, 1-0, on Wednesday.
Suffolk: 2-3, 1-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 4-1, 1-1 GNAC
After going into 20+ mph winds in the first half, the Wildcats used the squalls to their advantage in the second half. Andrew Vecere's (Wayne, N.J.) corner kick was headed by Riley McNicholas (Hopkinston, N.H.) right to Yohann Assouramou (Cotonou, Benin) in front of the goal and Assouramou headed the ball into the net for his third goal in two games.
Both teams missed golden opportunities to score the first goal. In the first half, Suffolk's James Fisher had a look at a wide-open goal after the ball squirted free, but the Wildcats' back line came up with a block. Erik Schneider (Plantsville, Conn.) had a breakaway opportunity but hit the post with his shot.
The Rams had a number of chances to score as they outshot the Wildcats, 11-9. JWU goalkeeper Nicholas Mancini (Toms Rivier, N.J.) made six saves for the second game in a row to record his third shutout of the year.
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday when they travel to Rivier for a 12 p.m. contest.