TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2019) – Junior Savannah Jackson and freshman Denise Mendoza swept the Sun Conference Player of the Week honors for the week ending August 31, the league announced on Saturday.
Jackson was named the TSC Offensive Player of the Week while Mendoza garnered the TSC Defensive Player of the Week award for their performances last week.
Jackson helped the Wildcats to a 2-0 record this past week while increasing her nation-leading goal-scoring total to 11. The native of Winter Haven, Florida, began the week scoring a school-record five goals in a 6-2 win at Life (Ga.) on Tuesday, August 27. Her first goal of the contest, scored in the 34th minute was the 50th goal of her JWU career. Having set the school mark for goals in a game during her previous outing, Jackson rattled off four more scores to total five versus the Eagles. Two days later, Jackson netted both goals in a 2-1 win at Brenau (Ga.), notching the 19th multiple-goal game of her career. Recording both game-winning goals this past week, Jackson leads the nation with three game-winning goals and has registered 17 for her career. She current leads the nation in goals (11), points (22), game-winning goals (3) and game-winning goals-per-match (1.00). Because of her performances this past week, JWU has improved to 3-0-0 to start the season for only the second time in school history.
This marks the first weekly conference award on the year for Jackson and the second of her JWU career.
Mendoza claimed a pair of victories this past week as JWU improved to 3-0-0 to start the season for just the second time in school history. The native of Hialeah, Florida, began the week with her second-straight victory, allowing two goals while making two saves in 90 minutes of action at Life (Ga.). The Wildcats defeated the Eagles, 6-2. On Thursday, Mendoza claimed her third win of the season, allowing just one goal while making six saves at Brenau as JWU won 2-1. On the year, Mendoza has notched a 3-0-0 record with 1.33 goals against average, making 13 saves (No. 26 in the nation) with a .765 save percentage.
The weekly award is the first of Mendoza's career.
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