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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2018) – A dominant first half by the Wildcats led to a 7-0 win for the Johnson & Wales women's soccer team (3-1) over the Glenville State Pioneers (0-3-0) on Friday afternoon from the Miami Shores Recreational Complex.
Scoring three goals in the first 11 minutes of action, the Wildcats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back.
"I'm glad we came out firing on all cylinders," Head Coach Eric Dobrzanski said. "I'm also glad that we got on the board early and were really able to execute the runs that we worked on all week in practice. It's always nice when you see the stuff that you focus on in practice get executed on game day. I think the team feels good about that."
Led by sophomore Savannah Jackson's second-career hat trick (in just 21 minutes of action), JWU produced its highest output offensively since an 8-0 win over Johnson (FL) (then-Florida Christian) on October 31, 2012. Jackson got JWU board after drawing a penalty kick attempt in the sixth minute. The product of Davenport, Florida, converted the PK attempt (her second penalty kick goal of the year) for the early 1-0 lead. A minute later freshman Mariah Zayas connected with Jackson who buried a shot past Glenville State goalkeeper Hannah Beaty to give JWU a 2-0. It marked the third time this season Jackson had registered multiple goals in a game. For Zayas, the assist marked the second of her JWU career.
Junior Sawyer Hall gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead with an impressive strike in the 11th minute. From about 20 yards out, the native of Pembroke Pines, Florida, lifted a shot that arched over Beaty and found the back of the net for her second goal of the season. Freshman Fiona Butler was credited with her first collegiate assist on the score.
Jackson notched her team-leading seventh goal of the season after a crafty give-and-go with freshman Danielle Gomez at the edge of the Pioneers' 18-yard box. Slicing through the GSC defense, Jackson slotted a shot in the 21st minute past Beaty for the team's fourth goal of the night. Gomez registered the assist on the goal – her first of the season.
Junior Amber Thompson made it 5-0 in favor of the Wildcats. The native of Puyallup, Washington, scored the first goal of her JWU career in the 30th minute which was set up by Gomez, who tallied her second assist of the afternoon.
A goal by Yaneli Montes in the 32nd minute gave the Wildcats a 6-0 advantage. Montes received long through pass from freshman Isabela Fernandez down the line and converted it into her first goal of the season and fifth of her career. Both Fernandez and Laura Stanley were credited with assists on the score.
Starting goalkeeper Kellie Fitzpatrick (3-1-0), who was credited with the win, made one save in a scoreless first half.
The Wildcat entered halftime with 17-2 edge in total shots and an 11-1 advantage in shots on goal after 45 minutes had been played.
The Pioneers came out in the second half and held the Wildcat offense in check for the most of the stanza as JWU registered just six total shots with three on net. GSC also made adjustments on the offensive side of the ball forcing JWU goalkeeper Ashley Buchanan to make six saves. Buchanan, who replace Fitzpatrick at halftime, kept the Pioneers off the scoreboard for the team's first shutout of the season.
"Glenville State made some adjustments at halftime and made it harder for both offensively and defensively," Dobrzanski said. "They created chances and should have had one or two scores in the second half. Defensively, they shut us down. Really, it was a different game in the second half."
JWU added one last goal on a bending freekick by junior Chelsea Green in the 88th minute. The native of West Bay, Cayman Islands, curled a freekick from just outside the right side of the area towards near post for her first goal in a JWU uniform.
The Wildcats finished the contest outshooting the Pioneers 20-11 (14-7 on net) and held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
With the win, JWU improved to 2-0 at home and has outscored its opponents, 11-3, in Miami Shores.
JWU will travel to Davie, Florida, to face Nova Southeastern. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.