Wildcats Earn Draw with Warner and Berth in Sun Conference Tournament

Wildcats Earn Draw with Warner and Berth in Sun Conference Tournament

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2017) – With a spot in the 2017 Sun Conference Tournament on the line, the Johnson & Wales men's soccer team (7-5-2, 4-3-2 TSC) earned a 0-0 double overtime draw with Warner University (5-7-4, 4-3-2 TSC) and a berth in postseason conference action.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, the contest was moved to Monday due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Philippe. Prior to the match, JWU honored its senior class, which was playing the final home match of their Wildcat careers.

In the first 45 minutes, the Wildcats looked to take control of the match, out-shooting the Royals, 8-5. As the half was winding down, JWU had some tremendous chances to get on the scoreboard. Following a corner kick by Julio Soto in the 35th minute, Gregory McDoom blasted a shot and forced Warner goalkeeper Christian de Sousa to make the tough save. Approximately two minutes later, the Wildcats nearly broke the scoreless draw as Soto drilled a free kick on frame. However, de Sousa made another of his three saves during the half.

Both squads entered the break knotted at 0-0.

In the second half, McDoom once again nearly got on the board with a shot in the 63rd minute. Following a corner kick by Patricio Rolon, McDoom found de Sousa out of position and took a shot on net. However, a Royal defender blocked the shot off the line and prevented the first goal of the match. Despite out-shooting JWU in the second half, 9-4, Warner was not able to string together a consistent offensive threat in part to a strong defensive effort by the Wildcat backline.

Unable to decide the match in regulation both teams headed to overtime. Both overtime periods saw a lot play in the middle third. JWU held a 3-2 edge in shots during both overtime periods, but nothing materialized on the scoreboard, resulting in the 0-0 draw.   

With the draw, JWU has earned the No. 6 seed and will travel to Thomasville, Georgia, to play Thomas University on Saturday, Nov. 4. Game time of the TSC quarterfinal match is set for noon.