Martin's late goal lifts women's soccer to victory

Natasha Martin and Jina Alvis
Natasha Martin and Jina Alvis

DENVER – Senior Natasha Martin scored in the 85th minute to lift the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over visiting Bethel College on Friday at Aurora Sports Park.

A first-team all-conference selection a year ago, Martin made her season debut after suffering a foot injury over the summer. Martin returned in style, providing the game-winning goal for the Wildcats' first win of the season.

"The game-winning goal was all about our captains, Natasha Martin and Rebecca Brock. The two of them work so hard up to make sure that we get opportunities. I was so happy they were able to put one in today," said JWU Denver head coach Ria Denny, who earned her first career head coaching victory. "I think they'll have a big year this season, so I'm looking forward to the two of them getting some chemistry.

"Tasha changes the game for us. She's able to hold the ball up for us. She gives us more control in the midfield. She gives us  more opportunities up top. So having Tasha and Becca up top is everything for our team. It really gets us going."

It was a big day for the Wildcat seniors in their final home opener as goalkeeper Katelyn Peters made four saves to record the shutout.

Two other Wildcats fired a shot on goal, Brock in the 56th minute and freshman Jina Alvis four minutes later.

JWU (1-2-0) returns to Aurora Sports Park to host Mills College on Sunday at noon.