NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mustangs were unable to add to their four-game conference win streak as the visiting Johnson & Wales (RI.) Wildcats took down Mount Ida 2-0 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play at Alumni Field. Wildcats sophmore Erik Schneider (Plantsville, CT) notched his first two goals of the season as the Wildcats move to 9-1-1 over and 4-1-1 in conference play, while the Mustangs drop to 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
Both teams understand the importance of tonight's game as both came out physical and fighting for possession. The Mustangs controlled possession early as junior Juan Brenes (Santo Domingo, D.R.) had a great look early in the contest, but Wildcats keeper Nicholas Mancini (Toms River, NJ) was able to knock it aside and settle the Wildcats defense. Mount Ida was unable to capitalize on three first-half corner kicks and would head into halftime trailing 1-0 after Schneider was able to chip the ball over Mustangs senior goalkeeper Riley Ford (Guilderland, NY). Ford was under pressure all night from the speedy frontline of the Wildcats making five saves between the pipes.
Johnson & Wales (RI.) came out quickly in the second half and went up 2-0 on another goal from Schneider, this one off a diving header from a cross from Yohann Assouramou (Cotonou, Benin). The Mustangs struggled to mount a comeback during the half, with the best look coming off a Jonathan Santos (Kearny, NJ) header that went over the crossbar. Ultimately, the Mustangs were outshot 18-9 during the contest and took the loss on the night.
Mount Ida looks to bounce back when they travel to Anna Maria on Saturday the 7th in GNAC action at 12:00pm. The Wildcats stay on the road as they travel to Elms College for a non-conference contest on Saturday at 4:30pm.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu