PROVIDENCE, RI – Six second half goals broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team to victory. The Wildcats picked up a 7-1 decision over Suffolk on Wednesday. The seven goals are the most JWU has scored since tacking 14 on Anna Maria in 2012.
Suffolk: 4-5, 2-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 6-2-3, 2-0-2 GNAC
The Wildcat got a gift in the seventh minute when they got an own goal from Suffolk to take an early lead. The Rams put one in the correct net at the 35:04 mark when Alexandra Nagri tapped in a pass from Brook Heathco to tie the game.
Unfortunately for the visitors, the JWU defense tighten up from that point and allowed Suffolk to only get off one more shot the rest of the game. The Wildcats outshot the Rams, 26-6, forcing SU goalie Kristen Weiker to make 11 saves.
The second half barrage got started in the 60th minute when SaraKate Matthews (Northborough, Mass.) scored the eventual game winner by ripping a shot from outside the box after back-to-back shots on goal from Kyra Selner (Sterling, Va.).
Selner – who ranks number two in the league for goals and points - scored a goal herself in the 74th minute and assisted on Taylor Hopkins' (Warminster, Pa.) tally at the 81:07 mark. Gabriella Weithofer (East Longmeadow, Mass.) assisted on Selner's goal as well as Mallory Buys' (Harwinton, Conn.) strike in the 77th minute. Weithofer has six points in her last five games and has more than doubled her point total from a year ago.
Johnson & Wales wraps up its three-game home stand on Saturday against St. Joseph's (ME) at 1 p.m.