Providence, R.I. – The Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team hosted fellow conference member Suffolk University on Saturday at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletic Complex. The Rams were tough opponents as a covetted win in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference was on the line, however, the Wildcats secured the 4-1 finish in the physical contest.
Suffolk: 1-3-1 (0-2 GNAC)
Johnson & Wales: 4-2 (1-0 GNAC)
JP Rioux (JWU) : 1 goal, 1 assist
Trevor Mee (SU) : 1 goal
Nick Gutekunst (JWU) : 1 goal, 1 assist
SU: Steven Lopez (L, 0-1) 3 saves
JWU: Austin Scoggin (W, 4-2) 3 saves
The Wildcats struck first in the match with a goal from JP Rioux, assisted by Nick Gutekunst in the 23rd minute. The Rams were looking to clear from the corner, but the ball was mishandled and Gutekunst set up Rioux with a quick touch in the box. The rest of the first half was played in the middle of the field as both teams were thwarted on any meaningful threats.
Garrett Groeling added to the JWU total with an unassisted goal in the 56th minute. The Suffolk keeper came out to defend an attempt and the ball rebounded to Groeling who launched a rocket to the back of the net.
The Rams had a solid opportunity when a hand ball in the box was called at the 30th minute of the second half, but the penelty kick was turned away by a brilliant save from Austin Scoggin. Suffolk would then find their first, and only, goal of the match when Tucker Mee capitalized off a shot that glanced off of Scoggin in the 75th minute.
With the 3-1 JWU advantage, the Rams pressed looking to get back into the match which opened up the opportunity for Nick Gutekunst to secure the victory and land the 10th goal of his young career.
The Wildcats outshot the Rams 17 to 11 and held the advantage in corners five to two.
The Wildcats continue their home stand as they host local rival Rhode Island College on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletic Complex.