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BOCA RATON, Fla. (September 17, 2019) – Falling behind, 6-1, the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's soccer team (4-1-0) responded with three unanswered goals late in the second half but came up short of completing the comeback, falling to the Lynn Fighting Knights (2-2-0), 6-4, on Tuesday evening from Bobby Campbell Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.
Junior Savannah Jackson scored all four goals for the Wildcats, increasing her Sun Conference- and nation-leading goal-scoring total to 19 through five games.
After falling behind, following a first-minute goal by Lynn, Jackson got JWU on the board with her 16th goal of the season in the second minute. Sophomore Fiona Butler with her first assist of the season set up the score.
The Fighting Knights responded with five-straight goals to take a 6-1 lead. It wasn't until the 72nd minute that the Wildcat got back on the board with Jackson's second goal of the night. Off a corner by Tyler Einsmann, Jackson headed a strike past the Lynn goalkeeper for the 21st multiple-goal game of her career.
The reigning Sun Conference Offensive Player of the Week wasn't done, finding the back of the net in the 77th minute for the ninth hat trick of her career. After receiving the throw-in from Einsmann, Jackson split the Lynn defense and struck a shot from the left side of the net that pulled JWU within three, 6-3. Einsmann notched her second assist of the night on the goal.
In the 80th minute, Jackson made it goal number four, marking the fourth game this season she recorded four-or-more goals. Einsmann notched her third assist on the score to increase her season total to a team-high six.
Freshman Denise Mendoza (4-1-0) was saddled with the loss, allowing six goals while recording seven saves versus Lynn.
The Fighting Knights held a 19-13 edge in shots and a 13-7 advantage in shots on goal.
The Wildcats will host the Ave Maria Gyrenes on Saturday, September 21, in the team's home opener of the 2019 season. The non-conference affair is set to begin at 2:00 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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