Boston, M.A. – The Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team took to Boston to pay visit to conference foe Emmanuel College on Wednesday night. The weather would challenge both teams as rain would be on the menu for plenty of the match. In the end, a big first half of scoring for the Wildcats doubled with a solid second half defense were the ingredients for the tough road victory.
Emmanuel: 6-5 (3-2-0 GNAC)
Johnson & Wales: 10-2 (5-0 GNAC)
Nick Gutekunst (JWU) : 2 goals, 2 assists
JP Rioux (JWU) : 1 goal
Kyle King (EC) : 1 goal
EC: Vincent Conelli (L, 3-3) 3 saves
JWU: Austin Scoggin (W, 8-2) 5 saves
Fireworks erupted early for the Wildcats as they struck at the 8th minute when JP Rioux scored his eighth goal of the year with a pass from Nick Gutekunst. It's Rioux's 13th goal as a Wildcat and also his 33rd point of his two year career. Gutekunst's assist was only his fifth of his career at the time, but he would do more in the moments to follow in the match.
At the 12th minute, Gutekunst would find his first goal of the contest with a helper from Shox Madjidov. Eight minutes later, Saint's Kyle King would cut into the 2-0 deficient and get his fourth goal on the season. Gutekunst would not be denied, however, as in the 44th minute he would close off the first half with his second goal, his eighth of the year, to maintain the two point advantage for JWU.
The second half found both teams getting a shot past the keepers to finish the score at 4-2. Riley Spotton landed his goal at the 52nd minute of the second half with the assist from Gutekunst. Kyle Monaghan posted an unassisted goal at the 74th minute, but that was all the Saints could muster to finish the match.
The Wildcats peppered the Saint keeper 16 to 7 while the corner kicks were even at four.
The Wildcats host Anna Maria on Saturday at 1 p.m. as JWU men's soccer continues their Great Northeast Athletic Conference schedule.