NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2018) – The Johnson & Wales men's soccer team hits the road for its third-straight contest away from home as the Wildcats take on the Faulkner Eagles (2-2-0) on Friday, September 7. Game time from Billy D. Hilyer Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama, is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
The game will be the first of two contests during the Faulkner Invitational for the Wildcats.
Johnson & Wales (1-2-0) at Faulkner (2-2-0)
Location: Montgomery, Ala.
Venue: Billy D. Hilyer Stadium
Date: Friday, Sept. 7
Kickoff Time: 6:30 pm ET
The Wildcats come into the Faulkner Invitational looking to snap a current two-game losing skid after dropping a pair of contests at last weekend's 2018 Grizzly Soccer Classic in Lawrenceville, Georgia. JWU suffer a 2-0 loss to No. 8 Georgia Gwinnett on Saturday followed by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of LSU Alexandria on Monday. Senior Rodrigo Doben scored the Wildcat's lone goal of the weekend with a header in the 41st minute of Monday's contest. Doben beat the General's goalkeeper with a shot from just outside of the six-yard box. The score came off of a free kick by freshman Nicolas Gomez. The goal was the second of Doben's JWU career (third of his collegiate career) while the assist by Gomez was his first in a Wildcat uniform.
The Wildcats come into Friday's contest averaging 4.67 goals-per-game on 22.0 shots-per-contest. JWU has outscored the opposition 14-4 while holding a 66-30 edge in total shots (34-12 SOG). The Wildcats rank No. 4 in the nation in total assists (13) and assists-per-contest (4.33). The team's 14 total goals rank No. 10 in the nation while its shots-per-game average is good for No. 6 among all NAIA schools.
Seniors Valentin Salinas and Patricio Rolon lead the Wildcats in scoring with six points apiece. Both individuals rank tied for No. 48 in the nation in points-per-game (2.00). Salinas has tallied two goals and two assists on the year while Rolon and scored one goal and registered a team-best four assists. The four assists by Rolon rank No. 4 in the nation and his 1.33 assists-per-game average sits at No. 5 in the nation.
Helping Out: On the year, JWU has totaled 13 assists for an average of 4.33 assists-per-contest. Both numbers rank No. 4 in the nation. The 13 assists are tied for the fourth-most in school history (2012 season). The school record for assists in a season is 24 set by the 2013 squad.
Series History: Friday will mark the second meeting all-time between JWU and Faulkner with the series history tied a 0-0-1. The last meeting between the two teams resulted in a 1-1 (2OT) draw on August 21, 2015, in Montgomery, Alabama.
A Look at Faulkner: The Eagles enter Friday's contest with a 2-2-0 record. Faulkner is coming off a 3-2 over Texas A&M-Texarkana on Sunday, September 2. Having won two-straight, the Eagles hold a 9-8 edge in goals scored while outshooting their opponents 24-19. Augusto Camara leads Faulkner in scoring with five goals (10 pts.) on the year.
|Current Records||2 - 2 - 0||1 - 2 - 0|
|Goals-Shot Attempts||9 - 45||14 - 66|
|Shots On Goal-Attempts||24 - 45||34 - 66|
|Saves Per Game||2.750||2.000|