PROVIDENCE, RI – Scoring on the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team in the second half is nearly impossible. That trend continued on Wednesday as the Wildcats prevailed 4-1 over Rhode Island College and ran their streak of second-half shutouts to six-straight games.
Rhode Island College: 4-6-2
Johnson & Wales: 11-2-3
The visitors got on the board first when Olivia Capraro tapped in a crossing pass from Eleni Grammas in the 17th minute. From there the JWU defense was on lock down as the Anchormen only got off six more shots and none past the 56:38 mark of the second half.
Five minutes after RIC's opening goal, junior Kyra Selner (Sterling, Va.) tied the game with her 12th goal of the season off the pass from Cat Nolan (Center Moriches, NY). She's tied with Samantha Reynolds for eighth on the JWU single-season charts and just one back of her 2015 total.
Nolan picked up her first three-point game when she stole the ball from a RIC player and scored from the top of the box with the eventual game-winning goal. The Wildcats got second-half insurance goals from Deja Hursey (Columbia, Md.) and Molly McCormack (Livinston, NJ). Hursey has scored a goal in three of her last five games and McCormack has found the back of the net in two of her last three.
JWU goalkeeper Colleen Lynch (New Milford, Conn.) made five saves to pick up her 11th victory of the season. The goal she gave up was her first in 360 minutes of action in net. Lynch has only given up one goal in the second half this season with a 0.08 goals against average after halftime. Johnson & Wales has only given up three goals this season in the second half.
The Wildcats had a 24-9 advantage in shots as well as 8-1 margin in corner kicks. Anchormen goalie Brianna Sousa made 10 saves.
Johnson & Wales plays its final regular season home game on Saturday when it takes on Albertus Magnus at 12 p.m. Prior to the game, the five graduating student-athletes on the team will be recognized.