PAXTON, Mass. – The only thing that could stop the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team on Friday evening was the weather. The Wildcats scored three first-half goals on their way to a 3-0 win over Anna Maria. Inclement forced the game to be called before the end of regulation.
Johnson & Wales: 14-2-3, 9-0-2 GNAC
Anna Maria: 2-14-0, 1-10-0 GNAC
Deja Hursey: 2 Goals
Rain hampered the entire contest, but that didn't slow down the JWU offense. Sophomore forward Deja Hursey (Columbia, Md.) stole the ball from an Anna Maria defender in the 11th minute and scored. Five minutes later she put back her own rebound for the second goal of the game. The AMCATS gave JWU another tally at the 21:14 mark with an own goal.
The sloppy conditions and tough Wildcat defense prevented Anna Maria from even getting off shot. JWU goalkeeper Colleen Lynch (New Milford, Conn.) didn't have to make a save the entire night as JWU had an 18-0 advantage in shots.
The win was JWU's 14th of the season and ninth in a row. The 14 wins tie the 2002 squad for the second most in school history. The nine-game winning streak is one short of the school record set by the 2002 edition. The 2000 team had a 17-game unbeaten streak that included a pair of ties.
For the time being, Johnson & Wales is in first place in the GNAC standings. A loss or tie by Lasell at St. Joseph's (ME) on Saturday will give the Wildcats the regular season title and the number one seed in the upcoming GNAC Tournament.
The Wildcats play a non-conference game on Tuesday when they travel to Salem State for a 7 p.m. contest.