Men’s Soccer Travels to Lakeland to take on No. 24 Fire for Top Spot in the Sun Conference

Men’s Soccer Travels to Lakeland to take on No. 24 Fire for Top Spot in the Sun Conference

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2018) – The Johnson & Wales men's soccer team (6-2-0, 3-0-0 TSC) travels to Lakeland, Florida, to take on the No. 24-ranked Southeastern Fire (7-1-1, 3-0-0 TSC) on Saturday, September 29, with the top spot in the Sun Conference standings on the line. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.  

Johnson & Wales (6-2-0, 3-0-0 TSC) vs. #24 Southeastern (7-1-1, 3-0-0 TSC)

Saturday, Sept. 29
Kickoff Time: 7:00 pm   
Location: Lakeland, Fla.
Venue: SEU Soccer Complex (1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801)
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The Wildcats come into Saturday's match riding a four-game winning streak following a 5-1 win at Ave Maria on Wednesday. Senior Patricio Rolon scored two of the Wildcat's five goals as JWU remained one of four teams undefeated in Sun Conference action.

JWU enters this weekend's action averaging 4.00 goals-per-game (No. 2 in the conference and No. 9 in the nation). The Wildcats have outscored their opponents, 28-11 while outshooting the opposition, 132-88. Averaging 18.68 shots-per-game (No. 2 in the conference and No. 19 in the nation), the Wildcats are posting 9.43 shots-on-goal-per-game (No. 2 in the conference and No. 25 in the nation).

Leading JWU in scoring are Rolon and senior Valentin Salinas, who both come into this weekend with 13 points. Rolon has recorded four goals and a team-high five assists while Salinas has registered a team-best five goals and notched three assists. Freshman Fernando Arzeno is tied for second on the team in total goals with four. The native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has tallied nine points (4g, 1a) this season. Freshman goalkeeper Jhon Perez has made four starts this season and comes into Saturday's match with a 4-0-0 record with 21 saves and a 1.23 goals-against-average (No. 3 in the conference).

Series History: Saturday's contest will mark the 10th meeting all-time between JWU and Southeastern with the Fire leading the series history, 6-3-0. The last meeting between the two schools resulted in a 3-0 win for Southeastern on September 30, 2017, in North Miami, Florida.

A Look at Southeastern: The Fire enter Saturday's match as the No. 24-ranked team in the nation having won two-straight matches. Southeastern is unbeaten in its last five outings (4-0-1) and are averaging 3.13 goals-per-game on 132 total shots. The Fire have recorded three shutouts and bring a 1.50 goals-against-average into Saturday's contest. 

The Matchup

Current Record 7 - 1 - 1 6 - 2 - 0
Scoring 25 28
Shot Statistics    
Goals-Shot Attempts 25 - 132 28 - 132
Shot Pct 0.189 0.212
Shots On Goal-Attempts 63 - 132 66 - 132
Sog Pct 0.477 0.500
Goals/Game 3.130 4.000
Assists 22 22
Goalie Stats    
Saves 29 26
Goals Against 12 11
Save Pct 0.707 0.703
Saves Per Game 3.630 3.710