NEW LONDON, Conn. – Johnson & Wales use two second half goals to pull away from Coast Guard in the Wildcats 3-0 non-conference win over the Bears Monday night.
With the loss, Coast Guard falls to 4-4 on the season while Johnson & Wales improves to 7-2.
Sophomore Cat Nolan, freshman Brianna DeLuna and junior Deja Hursey all score for the Wildcats. Junior Christina Schneider and sophomore Molly McCormack each had assists.
Johnson & Wales wasted little time in scoring the first goal of the game as Nolan received a pass on the left side and dribbled towards the Coast Guard penalty box. Nolan managed to hold off her defender and fire a shot towards the far post. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Boohar managed to get her fingers to shot but could not slow the ball down enough as it went into the back of the net for Nolan's third goal of the season just 30 seconds into the game.
In the 35th minute the Bears nearly found the equalizer when sophomore Claire Hurley stepped up to take a free kick from 20 yards out. Hurley's shot hit off the cross bar and back into play where senior Michelle Hernandez met the rebound and had two opportunities to fire it home but hit the post on both attempts. Sophomore goalkeeper Colleen Lynch was able to finally collect the fourth shot and end the attack preserving the Wildcats one goal lead headed into half time.
Johnson & Wales pushed their lead to two in the second half as Schneider sent in a corner kick from the left side. McCormack met the cross at the back post and headed back across the front of the goal. DeLuna then met the pass from McCormack with a header of her own putting it in the right side of the net for her first goal of the year.
Hursey then scored the final goal of the game in the 78th minute as a deep service bounced in the Coast Guard penalty box. Hursey held off one defender, tracked down the service and rifled her shot into the back of the net for her 10th goal of the season giving the Wildcats the 3-0 victory.
Boohar (4-4) made four saves on seven shots on goal allowing the three goals.
Lynch (7-1) made five saves on five shots on goal for her fifth shutout of the season.
The Bears are back in action on Friday, September 29th when they jump back into New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action as they host Wellesley for their first home conference game of the season. Opening kickoff is 7:00.