Wildcats Advance to TSC Semifinals with 3-0 Win Over Warner

Wildcats Advance to TSC Semifinals with 3-0 Win Over Warner

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2018)
– Led by two goals and an assist by First-Team All-Sun Conference selection Savannah Jackson, the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's soccer team (10-6-0) defeated the Warner Lady Royals (11-7-1), 3-0, in the Sun Conference Women's Soccer Championship Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.

JWU jumped out to an early lead following Jackson's 25th goal of the season in the second minute. Jackson one-timed a shot off a save by Warner goalkeeper Sarah Bergkvist. The save was a result of a breakaway attempt by Second-Team All-TSC honoree Carissa Sanchez. After receiving a long pass from senior Annet Cea, Sanchez got behind the Lady Royal backline with just the keeper to beat. Bergkvist made an acrobatic save on Sanchez' shot, however, the ball redirected to Jackson, who buried it into the back of the net. Both Sanchez and Cea were credited with assists on the goal.

Sanchez gave the Wildcats a two-goal lead in the eighth minute, beating Bergkvist for her seven goals of 2018. A through ball by Jackson found Sanchez, who slotted a shot past the Lady Royal keeper. With the goal, the native of Miami has now scored a goal in six of the last eight JWU games. Jackson earned her fifth helper of the season on the score.

Jackson added her second goal of the game in the 32nd minute as the Wildcats took a 3-0 lead. Junior Chelsea Green sent a pass to Sanchez, who was looking to make another run on net. Sanchez, in turn, found a streaking Jackson, who recorded her 26th goal of the season. For the native of Davenport, Florida, it marked her 10th multiple-goal game of the year. Both Green and Sanchez registered assists on the play.

JWU looked to add more in the second half but, backup goalkeeper Shannon Price made five saves in the final 45 minutes to keep the score at 3-0.

Freshman goalkeeper Kellie Fitzpatrick (10-5-0) kept the Lady Royals off the board making nine saves for her fourth clean sheet of the campaign.

Warner created a number of chances in the contest, producing 19 total shots with nine on goal. The Lady Royals were led by Cristina Clements and Samanntha Warren, who each notched three shots on the afternoon. Bergkvist was saddled with the loss, making three saves while allowing three goals in 45 minute of action.

The Wildcats registered 19 shots versus Warner with 11 finding frame. It marked the third-straight game in which JWU produced 10-or-more total shots on goal.

With the win, JWU will now advance to the program's second semifinal appearance. The team's last appearance in the TSC semifinals was during the 2014 season. The Wildcats fell to SCAD Savannah, 2-0.

The Wildcats will travel Lakeland, Florida, to take on the No. 2-ranked Southeastern Fire in the semifinals on Tuesday, November 6. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.