Charlotte, NC - The Wildcats Women's Soccer Team played their first game of the 2018 season and didn't disappoint. They hosted Regent University from Virginia Beach, VA. On a very hot day, JWU (1-0) saw hard work rewarded as they came away with a 5-3 victory.
Regent started the scoring early with a goal in the 2nd minute from Diadra Hill, but the Wildcats answered back 12 minutes later as Ashley Lunceford found Danielle Doyle for along-range goal. Johnson & Wales finally took the lead in the 21st minute. After a foul in the box, Lana Truese calmly converted her penalty kick. Jazmin Featherstone added another first half goal in the 33rd minute after the assist from Jaedan Smith. JWU would carry that 2 goal advantage into halftime.
Johnson & Wales came out firing in the second half, scoring two more goals in the first seven minutes of the period. Danielle Doyle assisted both goals as Lana Truese and Aubrey Anderson picked up the tallies. This stretched the Wildcats' lead to 5-1. The Royals (0-2) were able to grab two second-half goals of their own, the first by Taylor Corbin and the second on a converted penalty by Rebekah Dial. It wasn't enough in the end as the whistle blew with a final score of 5-3 in favor of the Wildcats.
Lana Truese lead the scoring with 2 goals, while Danielle Doyle, Jazmin Featherstone, and Aubrey Anderson also chipped in a goal. Doyle also tallied two assists on the day, with Jaedan Smith and Ashley Lunceford also recording an assist each.
Head Coach Matt Hisler was pleased with the result, but even more so the fortitude of the team. "The effort the girls put in to help each other was impressive. It was good to get the first game jitters out of the way. This is a great group to work with, I am looking forward to the team taking those next steps in development."
The Wildcats are next in action on Tuesday, August 30 at 4:00pm at Washington Adventist University in Tacoma Park, MD.