PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team picked up two early goals but couldn't find the back of the net the rest of the game despite several chances. Fortunately, the Wildcats played stellar defense and shut out the JWU Charlotte campus, 2-0, in the first game of the JWU Cup on Friday.
Johnson & Wales (NC):1-2
Johnson & Wales (RI): 1-0
In the seventh minute of the game, Providence got on the board when rookie Molly McCormack (Livingston, NJ) headed in Christina Schneider's (Walden, NY) corner kick to put the hosts up 1-0. McCormack is the first freshman to score a goal in the season opener since Alisha Carlson found the back of the net against RIC in 2009.
Picking up where she left off last season, junior Kyra Selner (Sterling, Va.) gave Providence a 2-0 lead at the 25:37 mark of the opening half. After flipping the ball over a defender, she beat the keeper on the right side from 15 yards out. Dating back to last year, Selner has scored a goal in five of her last eight games.
The score could have been a lot higher if it weren't for the efforts of Charlotte goalkeeper Kylie Priddy. She turned away 11 of the 13 shots on goal. For the game, Providence out-shot Charlotte 39-1 and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Making her collegiate debut in goal for Providence was freshman Colleen Lynch (New Milford, Conn.). It was a relatively easy start for Lynch as she turned away the loan shot she faced.
Providence takes on the winner of the North Miami-Denver contest at 4;30 p.m. on Sunday in the championship game. Charlotte will take on the loser at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the consolation contest.