Johnson & Wales University, 4; Emmanuel College, 2
Emmanuel College Saints (6-5, 3-2 GNAC)
Johnson & Wales University (10-2, 5-0 GNAC)
Boston, Mass. – Clemente Field
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
THE LEAD: Sophomore midfielder Nick Gutekunst (East Northport, N.Y.) collected two goals and two assists to power the Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team past host Emmanuel College, 4-2, Wednesday evening in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action at Roberto Clement Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Wildcats set the tone for the contest early, scoring twice in the first 12 minutes of action to take control of the game with a 2-0 cushion. Gutekunst netted the first goal for his seventh of the season before sophomore forward JP Rioux (Stony Point, N.Y.) made it 2-0 at the 12:05 marker with his eighth score of the year.
- The Saints got one back in the 20th minute as junior back Thomas Roberts (Burlington, Mass.) played a left footed cross into the box to find the head of sophomore forward Kyle King (Gorham, Maine) for his fourth goal of the season to cut the deficit to 2-1.
- Emmanuel had a solid chance to even the match at 2-all but the shot by sophomore forward Robert Danielian (Watertown, Mass.) was stopped by JWU junior keeper Austin Scoggin (Cutchogue, N.Y.) in the 34th minute.
- Johnson & Wales took advantage of an Emmanuel miscue late in the half, as Gutekunst converted a penalty kick right before halftime following a Saints' handball in the box to give the visitors a 3-1 lead at the break.
- JWU added to the lead early in the second stanza to make it 4-1 as senior Riley Spotton (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) got into the action, hooking up with Gutekunst to make it a three-goal lead with 29:49 left in the contest.
- The Saints showed signs of life in the 75th minute as sophomore forward Kyle Monaghan (Monson, Mass.) was taken down in the penalty area and awarded a PK which he would convert for his second score of the year to cut the lead in half at 4-2.
- The two goal margin proved to be enough as the Wildcats managed the final 15 minutes of play to secure the 4-2 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- JWU outshot the Saints in the contest, 16-7 while each squad attempted four corners in the conference battle.
- Scoggin earned the win to improve to 8-2 on the year in net for Johnson & Wales making five saves.
- EC sophomore keeper Vincent Conelli (West Hartford, Conn.) made three saves in the defeat for Emmanuel and falls to 3-3 on the year.
- The Wildcats have dominated the all-time series with Emmanuel and now stand at 19-2 all-time vs. EC in 21 career meetings
- Both sides return to GNAC action this Saturday, October 12 as the Saints travel to Newton, Mass. to take on Lasell University while the Wildcats host Anna Maria College in Providence, R.I. Kickoff for each contest is set for 1:00 PM.