Offense comes alive in Wildcats' win at Austin

Natasha Martin
Natasha Martin

SHERMAN, TX - One of the best offensive performances of the season carried the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team to a 4-2 road victory over Austin College on Sunday. 

The Wildcats (4-11, 2-4) totaled a season-high 28 shots to earn their second SCAC victory of the fall, their first on the road. 

Senior Natasha Martin ignited the attack with her eighth goal of the season on an assist from Brooke Ford in the third minute to put the Wildcats in the driver's seat. Martin also had two assists for her second game with four or more points this season. 

Martin's first assist set up senior Rebecca Brock's third goal of the season, a cross from the end line to the middle in the 51st minute to give JWU a 2-0 lead early in the second half. 

Austin's Sarah Carmichael scored a few minutes later to cut it to 2-1, but Ford answered shortly after from the 18 on an assist by sophomore Samantha Roybal to extend the Wildcats' lead back to two, 3-1, in the 60th minute. 

Roybal then netted her first tally of the season on a feed from Martin to give the Wildcats some insurance in the 73rd minute. The four-goal effort marked JWU's highest output since an 8-0 win over Mills on Sept. 8. 

The Wildcats put 10 of their 28 shots on goal, including four by Martin, three by Ford and two each by Roybal and Brock. Senior Katelyn Peters made three saves in 75-plus minutes in net to earn the victory. 

JWU returns home to close out the season for Family & Homecoming Weekend with matches against Trinity on Friday and Schreiner on Sunday when five seniors - Martin, Brock, Peters, Amanda Fischer and Hailey Jensen - will be honored for Senior Day.