PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Johnson & Wales women's soccer team secured the top spot in the GNAC playoffs before they touched the field on Wednesday evening, but the 10-1 victory over Anna Maria helped the Wildcats to an 11-1 record in conference play, their second one-loss finish in the last three seasons.
JWU: 13-6, 11-1 GNAC
AMC: 3-14-1, 0-11-1
Alexis Vieira (JWU): 4 goals
Sydney Daignault (JWU): 2 goals
Cat Nolan (JWU): 2 assists
Colleen Lynch (JWU): 2 saves, 45 minutes
Shannon Stockero (JWU): 45 minutes
Rachel Matloff (AMC): 13 saves, 90 minutes
Alexis Vieira sent a shot on frame that deflected into the back of net to push the Wildcats into the lead just 13:52 into the match. Molly McCormack connected on a header from Cat Nolan less than a minute and a half later and the Wildcats never looked back. The Wildcats connected on three more goals in the first half, including Vieira's second of the evening and Sydney Daignault's first career tally, to send the hosts into the half with a 5-0 advantage.
Vieira buried two of her first three shots in the second stanza for her first ever hat trick and four goal game. Again the Wildcats grabbed three more goals in the half to close out the match with a season high 10 goals. JWU took 40 shots on the night with 23 of them on net. They held a 15-0 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
The Wildcats will host the quarterfinals of the GNAC Championships on Saturday, November 2 at 4 p.m. at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex. They will host the Pride of Regis College.