PROVIDENCE, RI – Over the last month of the season, Johnson & Wales University women's soccer junior Deja Hursey has established herself as one of the top scorers in the country. Hursey recorded the third hat trick of her career Wednesday as the Wildcats won 3-0 at Rhode Island College.
Rhode Island College: 4-10-1
Johnson & Wales: 14-2
Johnson & Wales ran its winning streak to 10 games. The Wildcats have outscored teams 49-5 during that time.
Hursey (Columbia, Md.) is just the third player in school history to score 20 goals in a season. Her 21 goals are number two on the single-season charts. Patrice Meredina scored 26 goals in 2000.
Three different players set up Hursey's three goals. In the fifth minute, Cat Nolan (Center Moriches, NY) got her the ball in the box and Hursey scored from five yards out. Passes from Kali Trunca (Litchfield, NH) and Molly McCormack (Livingston, NJ) in the 34th and 46th minutes led to breakaway goals for Hursey.
While Hursey was getting it done at the offensive end of the field, Wildcat goalkeeper Colleen Lynch (New Milford, Mass.) was shutting down the Anchormen at the other end. She made eight saves – her second-highest total of the year – to pick up the victory.
The Wildcats play their final home game of the regular season against Lasell at 7 p.m. The Wildcats and Lasers are tied atop the GNAC standings.