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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (November 12, 2019) – For the first time in JWU history, the men's soccer program will play for the Sun Conference Championship this Friday after advancing on PKs (4-3) over the No. 14-ranked St. Thomas Bobcats (12-2-2) in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
With a 4-3 edge in the PK shootout for JWU and STU taking their sixth attempt, sophomore Alex Marciulonis stopped Frederico Zanna's shot to eliminate the Bobcats and advance to the finals versus Keiser.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early first-half lead with a score in the 23rd minute.
However, the Wildcats responded with the equalizer in the 43rd minute. Freshman Michael Del Gaudio notched his goal of the season, flicking a header past STU keeper Michael Marx. The goal came off a free kick cross which was sent in by junior Felipe Andrade. For Andrade, it was his second assist of the season.
That would be all the scoring either team would produce for the reminder of the game, including two 10-minute overtime periods.
Marciulonis (4-6-4) earned the draw, making seven saves in 110 minutes of action.
The Wildcats will take on the Keiser Seahawks in the Sun Conference Championships Game on Friday, November 15. Game time in West Palm Beach, Florida, is set for 11:00 a.m.
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138).
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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