Wildcats roll past Red Lions

Wildcats roll past Red Lions

The Wildcats opened Homecoming week with a Tuesday afternoon match against A.I.I. foe Lincoln Christian University.

JWU's fans were barely in their seats before the 'Cats offense got going. Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) sent the first shot of the game high as the Wildcats started looking to make their mark. 45 seconds later, Asianna Harris (Las Vegas, Nev.) gathered a loose ball in front of the goal and kicked it past LCU's keeper to put JWU on the board. LCU's Katie Stuva was called into action frequently as the half continued. Stuva made stops on four consecutive shots on goal in a three and a half minute span before Emily Schmuckler (Prescott, Ariz.) broke through.

Schmuckler took a pass from Martin across the goal mouth and knocked it in from eight yards out. The Wildcats continued to press and forced Stuva to come up with the saves for her squad's defensive stand. Martin dribbled a ball through the box and shot from four yards out to give the 'Cats a 3-0 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the half.

The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead into the break.

In the second half, Harris picked up her second goal of the game, knocking in a shot from about 18 yards out in the 54th minute. Schmuckler added her second just about three minute later, taking a chance on a loose ball in the box and slotting it past Stuva.

In the 61st minute, Kassidy McKevitt (Fort Collins, Colo.) sent what was intended to be a long pass in from near the midfield line and launched the ball over the head of Stuva to put JWU up 6-0. In the 71st, Byanca Hernandez (Denver, Colo.) took a pass from Hailey Jensen (Gillette, Wyo.) and kicked it between the keepers legs to put JWU up 7-0.

In the 79th minute, Jensen again had the setup, passing a ball to Halle Hodgson (Westminster, Colo.) who sent it to the right of Stuva giving the 'Cats the 8-0 advantage. In the 89th minute, Yesenia Hernandez (Denver, Colo.) gathered a rebounding shot off Stuva and sent it in from five yards out.

The Wildcats finished the game with the 9-0 conference win. JWU had a program record 61 shots including 37 on target. Martin and Arianna Flores (Goodyear, Ariz.) each had six shots on goal for the Wildcats. Victoria Diaz (San Dimas, Calif.) picked up the shutout in the 'Cats win.