@JWUWSoccerNM Takes Care of Thomas on Senior Day, 4-1

@JWUWSoccerNM Takes Care of Thomas on Senior Day, 4-1

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2018)
– The Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's soccer team (9-5-0, 6-3-0 TSC) honored its senior class in style with a 4-1 win over Thomas University (4-6-2, 3-3-1 TSC) on Saturday afternoon.

Prior to the match, JWU honored seniors Annet Cea, Audrey Gant, Caterina Yibirin, Carissa Sanchez, Yaneli Montes and Haylee Gordon, who played in their final regular season match at home.

Led by Savannah Jackson's fourth hat trick of the season, the Wildcat all but clinched a spot in this year's Sun Conference Women's Soccer Championship with the three-goal victory on Saturday. The sophomore netted all three goals in the first half to increase her single-season school record for goals to 24. Jackson got things started in the eighth minute with an unassisted strike. The native of Davenport, Florida, dispossessed a Thomas defender and weaved her way towards goal to find the back of the net.

In the 16th minute, junior Sawyer Hall set up Jackson for her second goal of the game. For Hall, it was the first of three helpers in the contest and gave the native of Pembroke Pines her third assist in 2018.

Hall was not done, sending a long pass to Sanchez, who in turn found Jackson for her third goal in the 37th minute. For Hall, it was assist number four this year while Sanchez was credited with her fourth assist of the season. The play put Thomas on its heels and extended the Wildcat lead to 3-0 heading into halftime.    

The Night Hawks put pressure on the JWU defense in the second half, looking to get on the board. However, Sanchez recorded her sixth goal in a JWU uniform with a breakaway score in the 76th minute. Hall slotted a pass behind the Night Hawk defense, finding Sanchez on the edge of the 18. The Miami native send a shot on net that goalkeeper Kara Houston could not save, making the score 4-0.

Thomas responded with a goal in the 80th minute but it was not enough as JWU picked up its school-record sixth Sun Conference win this year.

Freshman goalkeeper Kellie Fitzpatrick (9-4-0) earned the win, making eight saves versus TU.

The Wildcats held a slight edge in total shots (24-23) but outshot the Night Hawks on goal, 14-9.

With the win, JWU has accumulated 18 points in conference play and currently sit in third place in the Sun Conference standings.

The Wildcats will close out the 2018 regular season with a road trip to Beaufort, South Carolina, to take on USCB on October 27. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.