PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior midfielder Olivia Cairrao (Bristol, R.I.) recorded a pair of goals and an assist as Johnson & Wales women's soccer (2-5-0, 1-0-0 GNAC) opened Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action with a 5-0 win over Simmons University (0-5-0, 0-2-0 GNAC) on Wednesday evening.
Johnson & Wales set the tone early, dominating time of possession and scoring first in the 13th minute. The Wildcats did not let up and kept the pressure on the Sharks. After dribbling outside the 18-yard box on the far-side of the field, sophomore forward Jordan Restivo (Utica, N.Y.) fired a 25-yard bullet to the back of the net for the second Wildcat goal.
Coming out of halftime there was no shortage to the Wildcat offense. Under three minutes into the second half, Cairrao scored her first goal of the season to give Johnson & Wales a 3-0 lead. The offense was just getting started.
In the 50th minute, Simmons goalkeeper Melanie Colman (Holliston, Mass.) rejected a penalty kick opportunity from Restivo, but the Shark net-minder could not corral the ball. Cairrao scooped up the rebound and drilled the fourth Wildcat goal.
Cairrao connected with senior midfielder Cat Nolan (Center Moriches, N.Y.) for the fifth and final Wildcat goal in the 71st minute.
Johnson & Wales breaks from conference action traveling to Western New England University on Saturday, September 21 at 11 a.m.