Martin's brace lifts Wildcats over 'Roos

Martin's brace lifts Wildcats over 'Roos

Johnson & Wales hosted Austin College on a misty Sunday afternoon at Aurora Sports Park to close out the weekend.

The Wildcats broke through in the 13th minute, as Asianna Harris (Las Vegas, Nev.) slotted a pass through the middle to Rebecca Brock (Amarillo, Texas) who put it to the bottom right, past a diving Maya Erwin to give JWU the 1-0 lead. JWU quickly doubled their score, dispossessing the 'Roos of the ball just after the restart as Maysen Whitney (Billings, Mont.) sent a ball up the left side to a streaking Natasha Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.). Martin shot to the lower left corner to give the Wildcats the 2-0 advantage in the 13th minute. The Wildcats continued to pepper Austin College's defense but the 'Roos were able to fend off several of their attempts. Whitney had a shot on target in the 33rd minute that Erwin was forced to save to keep the score 2-0.

Emily Smith (Westminster, Colo.) had a shot in the 43rd minute saved as the Wildcats kept looking to add to their lead. Katelyn Peters (Brighton, Colo.) made the save on an attempt by AC's Maddie Weimer just before the break to keep it a 2-0 Wildcat lead going into the break.

Johnson & Wales came out firing to open the second half with Brock, Martin and Katherine Owings (St. Louis, Mo.) each putting a shot on target that Erwin was forced to save in the first four minutes of the half. Peters made the stop on an attempt by Katie Davis in the 53rd as Austin looked to get on the board. samantha Roybal (Littleton, Colo.) had a shot in the 58th minute saved by Erwin who was limiting the opportunities for JWU. Austin College finally got one past JWU in the 69th minute as Catalina Canizalez beat a diving Peters to cut the deficit to one goal.

Martin scored her second of the game in the 82nd minute with Brock earning the assist to push JWU's lead back up to two goals. A late attempt by Martin rang off the post in the 84th and Peters made the stop off an attempt by Lina Cruz in the 86th to preserve the 3-1 victory for JWU.

Martin had three shots on goal for JWU and Brock added two more on frame. Peters made four saves for Johnson & Wales in the win and the Wildcats finished with 17 shots in the contest.

JWU (6-4-0, 5-3-0 SCAC) will head to Southwestern University (6-4-0, 4-2-0 SCAC) on Friday, October 12 to take on the Pirates in Georgetown, Texas.