October 27, 2015



Providence, R.I.-Johnson & Wales freshman forward Tucker MacPherson (Raymond, NH) knotted a pair of goals in the second half to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 victory over Rhode Island College in menís soccer action played at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletic Complex on Tuesday evening.


The Wildcats (14-4) opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after RIC (9-6) junior goalkeeper Chris Moura (Rumford, RI), turned aside a shot. Johnson & Wales senior defender Stuart Walker (Royalton, VT) poked a rebound into the empty net to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead.


The Wildcats held the offensive advantage in the majority of the half, posting nine shots compared to the Anchormenís one. Moura turned aside five shots in the frame with JWU holding a slim, 2-1, edge in corner kicks.


The Anchormen struck in the 47th minute when freshman forward Dennis Vazquez (Providence, RI) slipped a pass to sophomore midfielder Ty Catunto (New Bedford, MA) who ripped a shot from six yards out to knot the game at 1-1.



Sophomore midfielder Ty Catunto 


The Anchormen turned up the pressure during the middle of the half with Catunto nearly netting his second of the contest, but JWU senior goalkeeper Nick Tolman (Poughkeepsie, NY) was up to the challenge, turning aside the point-blank opportunity.


JWU broke the draw in the 77th minute when MacPherson found a wide open net following a cross from freshman forward Andrew Vecere (Wayne, NJ) who found the ball off a long thru pass by freshman midfielder Byron Arboleda (Pawtucket, RI). MacPherson struck again just under three minutes later when he corralled a loose ball in the box and ripped it home for the 3-1 lead. 


Moura (9-5) made seven saves in the loss with Tolman (11-4) stopping one in the victory. Shots were even at 14-14 with RIC holding a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the regular season at home against Southern Maine on Saturday, Oct. 31 (1 p.m.).