DENVER – A four-goal day by senior Natasha Martin and a breathtaking first-career score by classmate Hailey Jensen highlighted an 8-0 win over Mills College on Sunday for the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team.
Martin needed less than 30 minutes for her hat trick as the Wildcats scored four times in a 3-minute span early in the first half. Classmate Rebecca Brock began the blitz with an unassisted goal in the 10th minute to set the tone. Martin then scored twice shortly thereafter, the second on an assist from freshman Melissa Kostelecky to give JWU Denver (2-2-0) a commanding 3-0 advantage.
A penalty kick by Brock and Martin's fourth score of the afternoon made it 5-0 before Jensen left everyone at Aurora Sports Park in awe when the Gillette, WY native took a ball in the Wildcats' half of the field and proceeded to knife her way through the middle of the Cyclones defense.
Jensen's incredible run ended with her first-career goal, beating Mills keeper Anais Uriarte to the upper-left to give JWU a 6-0 lead in the 34th minute.
"Our other center back made a run before that and had a shot on goal, so I just wanted to take my opportunity and really wanted to score my first-career collegiate goal, so I just went for it," the defender said. "It feels really good – four years in the making."
Junior Diali Baeza also scored her first goal as a Wildcat, capping the scoring in the 63rd minute with an unassisted score. The contest then ended early because of concern for player safety.
JWU begins SCAC play Friday, Sept. 13 against league newcomer St. Thomas (2 p.m.), followed by a tilt Sunday at ASP against Centenary (11 a.m.).