MIAMI SHORES, FLA.- Johnson and Wales (3-3, 0-1 TSC) opened its Sun Conference play with a loss at home on Wednesday afternoon against cross-town rivals St. Thomas (4-0-1, 1-0 TSC) by a final score of 1-0 in favor of STU.
The game, scheduled to take place at 1 p.m., felt like a midsummer's day in South Florida, with the sun blazing at its highest and all in attendance, especially the players, felt the drainage. A very physical game from the start as JWU's leading goal scorer Savannah Jackson had many opportunities early in the match. When she broke the defensive line of St. Thomas for a run, a beautiful shot was imminent.
Jackson took a game-high nine shots, with four of them on the mark. Defensively, STU knew the danger of the striker coming in to the match, which led them to defend her more.
Starting goalkeeper Ashley Buchanan took control of her net, although conceding one, with six monstrous saves that kept the score line as close as it was. The solo goal on the game came off a great save from the sophomore keeper which unfortunately fell to the feet of the opposing team's forward in the 55th minute.
"Today was a tough match, I thought we did not play our best and that cost us," commented Head Coach Eric Dobrzanski. "We created quality chances to take the lead or tie the game after we went down, but we just made too many mistakes on both sides of the ball. I really hope that we can learn from this game and use it to get better throughout conference play."
The next match up for the Lady Wildcats is an away game against conference opponent and NAIA #14 Southeastern University on Saturday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. as the team looks to even up its conference record.