TAMPA, Fla. (November 6, 2019) – The Sun Conference announced its 2019 postseason awards on Wednesday with junior Savannah Jackson being named this year's TSC Player of the Year, as voted on by the league 11 head coaches.
Jackson, a five-time TSC Offensive Player of the Week in 2019, becomes the first JWU women's soccer player to be awarded the league's Player of the Year honor.
"Being recognized as this year's Sun Conference Player of the Year is a real honor," Jackson said. "Words can't describe how thrilled and ecstatic I am. It's nice to see that all of the hard work – the offseason training, the non-stop fitness, and the extra training sessions – is being noticed by our league's head coaches. This has been a goal of mine since I got here. Scoring goals is a very hard thing to do and you can't do it alone. You have to have teammates who support you. This award is just as much theirs. I could not have done it without them. This year has been amazing and this honor is definitely the highest point of the season, so far."
Jackson, a three-time First-Team All-TSC honoree, started in all 16 games for the Wildcats. She set the school's single-season records in both goals (41) and points (86), leading the conference in both categories. Recording eight hat tricks this season, the native of Winter Haven, Florida, set the school's single-game goal-scoring record with six versus Florida Memorial (10/16). She earned the school's first NAIA Offensive Player of the Week award back on October 22, helping JWU reach the 10-win plateau for the second-straight season. The Wildcats notched a school-record 11 wins in 2019, earning the No. 3 seed in this year's Sun Conference Women's Soccer Championships.
She currently leads the nation with 10 game-winning goals and is No. 2 in the nation in total points, points per game (5.38), total goals, and goals per game (2.56).
Jackson is the only player in JWU history to registered four-or-more goals in a game, accomplishing this feat five times in 2019.
For her career, Jackson has recorded 86 goals and 11 assists for 183 points. She has tallied 12 hat tricks and 24 game-winning goals in three seasons with the Wildcats.
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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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