HIALEAH, Fla. (Aug. 20, 2019) – A school-record, four-goal performance by junior Savannah Jackson guided the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's soccer team (1-0-0) to a 5-1 win over the Florida National Conquistadors (0-1-0) on Tuesday afternoon.
FNU took an early 1-0 lead after a ninth-minute goal by Dominique Mosley. In the waning moments of the first half, Jackson notched her first score of the 2019 campaign with a goal in the 44th minute. Set up by freshman Brazil Clark, the goal made the match even at 1-all heading into halftime.
Coming out of the break Jackson and the Wildcats were not finished lighting up the scoreboard. In the 48th minute, the native of Winter Haven, Florida, gave JWU the lead with her second goal of the game and 15th game-winner of her career. Sophomore Mariah Zayas was credited with the assist on the play. Jackson netted goal number three in the 57th minute for the sixth hat trick of her career, giving JWU a 3-1 lead. Two minutes later, Jackson made school history with her career-best fourth goal of the game. Assisted by junior Ashlyn Hannus, Jackson gave the Wildcats a 4-1 edge in the 59th minute.
JWU capped off its day of scoring with a beautiful goal by senior Sawyer Hall in the 68th minute. Hall buried a header off a set piece by junior Lizzy Madril late in the contest for her first goal of the season.
Freshman goalkeeper Denise Mendoza (1-0-0) picked up the first win of her collegiate career, allowing just one goal while making five saves versus the Conquistadors.
With four goals on the afternoon, Jackson (105 pts.) became the first player in JWU history to record 100-or-more points for their career. Jackson entered the day with 97 career points, adding eight points in the win.
In a match dominated by the Wildcats, JWU outshot FNU 28-15 (15-6 on net).
The win marked the team's sixth-straight, season-opening win and improved the Wildcats to 7-0-1 over the last eight season openers.
JWU will hit the road to take on Life (Ga.) on Tuesday, August 27, in Marietta, Georgia. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138).
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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