PROVIDENCE, RI – A pair of goals in the span of eight minutes sent the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team to its first GNAC Championship game since 2005. The Wildcats got two second-half goals to defeat Simmons, 2-0, in Tuesday's semifinal contest.
Johnson & Wales: 16-3-1
SC - Casey Halle: 10-7-2, 7 Saves
JWU – Colleen Lynch: 16-2-1, 1 Save
Neither team could break through for a goal in the first half. Freshman Olivia Cairrao (Bristol, RI) got the Wildcats on the board in the 52nd minute when she took the through ball from senior Kyra Selner (Sterling, Va.) then shot it into the bottom corner.
Eight minutes later, the Wildcats got an insurance goal from junior Deja Hursey (Columbia, Md.). She headed the ball towards the goal and it ricocheted into the net off a Simmons player.
Keeping the Sharks in the game was the play of goalkeeper Casey Halle. She made seven saves as the Wildcats had a 19-4 advantage in overall shots.
Johnson & Wales advances to the GNAC championship game on Saturday. The Wildcats will travel to Lasell, who beat the Wildcats 2-0 on October 21.