Johnson & Wales headed to Irving, Texas on Friday for their SCAC opener against University of Dallas.
After a lightning and rain delay that saw the preceding men's game postponed, the two women's teams got underway just before 8pm CT. The first shot of the game came from Johnson & Wales with Rebecca Brock (Amarillo, Texas) seeing her attempt go wide of frame in the 10th minute. Katherine Owings (St. Louis, Mo.) put UD's Natalie Kutac to work in the 17th minute, but Kutac made the save on the shot on goal. In the 24th minute, Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) had her first attempt blocked but collected the rebound and immediately sent the ball back in but went high on the attempt.
Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.) made a pair of saves in the 27th and 29th minutes to keep the match scoreless. Jenna Bonfardine (Culpepper, Va.) put a shot on frame in the 36th minute but Kutac again came up with the save for the Crusaders. At the break, both teams were tied with seven attempts but still saw a pair of zeroes on the scoreboard.
The floodgates opened in the second half offensively for the both teams. Owings notched her first collegiate goal in the 53rd minute. Brock sent a cross into the box that Owings finished into the right side of the goal to give JWU the 1-0 lead. The advantage was short-lived as UD equalized in the 55th minute with a shot from Le Lien. The Crusaders were called for foul in the box in the 56th minute, sending Martin to the spot for the attempt. Martin converted the attempt to give Johnson & Wales the 2-1 lead.
University of Dallas wouldn't stand down for long though as they again found the back of the net in the 61st minute. UD's Whitney Jackson finished off a cross from Bekah Gonzalez to tie the match 2-2. A pair of attempts from Jackson a few minutes later were off frame as the Crusaders looked to get their first lead of the game. Johnson & Wales went back ahead in the 67th minute with Brock notching her third goal of the season off a Martin cross to give the 'Cats the 3-2 lead.
The Crusaders had another shot on goal in the 85th minute but Peters and the Wildcat defense continued to stop the late attempts to preserve the 3-2 win and earn their first SCAC conference win.
Martin led Johnson & Wales with six attempts and both Brock and Owings had two shots on goal. Peters made three saves for JWU in the win. Jackson had four attempts for the Crusaders and Kutac made three saves.
Johnson & Wales (2-1, 1-0 SCAC) will face Austin College (0-3, 0-0 SCAC) on Sunday at 2:00 PM CT in Sherman, Texas.