Wildcats Smother Lions behind Soto’s Hat-trick

Wildcats Smother Lions behind Soto’s Hat-trick

Johnson and Wales University Wildcats (6-2, 3-1) visited Florida Memorial University Lions (0-6, 0-4), for their 4th TSC game of the season.

The Wildcats wasted no time scoring, when Greg McDoom received a ball down the line, then crossed it to a wide open Jonas Bukh waiting in the second post, for the 1-0 lead, early in the first half. After a few minutes, Julio Soto was able to make it 2-0, when JWU was awarded a free kick, and he was able to strike it past the goalkeeper, but Soto was not done. The Wildcats were able to get another free kick, and Soto capitalized, once again, for a 3-0 lead. JWU was able to get one more before half when McDoom received the ball in the middle of the field, beat the defender, then megged the goalie, for the 4-0 lead.

The Wildcats came out of half time without skipping a beat. They got the fifth one on the board when FMU cleared the ball out about 25 yards, to a waiting Soto. He was able to volley the ball out of the air, for a beautiful side-net goal, that completed his hat-trick. Valentin Salinas added another goal, when he won the ball high up the field, connected with Bukh, then slotted it past the goalie for the 6-0 lead. Tim Petersen added the last one when the ball fell to him inside the 18, and he was able to strike it past the goalie. The game ended 7-0.

When asked what he thought of the game, head coach Phil Zayas, said "It was a great team effort. We needed this after our tough loss. My favorite part about it is that we were able give the starters a lot of rest, and were able to get all the other players to play a lot of minutes in the first and second half."



  • First time Zayas beats FMU
  • Fourth shutout this season for JWU
  • Soto has now scored 5 goals
  • McDoom has 4 goals
  • Bukh marked his second goal of the season
  • Salinas marked his second goal of the season
  • Petersen marked his second goal of the season


Next Up:

JWU will travel to SCAD on Saturday, the 7th, for their fifth TSC match.