JACKSONVILLE — After waiting out a 40-minute weather delay at halftime, the Jacksonville College women's soccer team put a charge into the visitors from Cedar Valley in the fianl 45 minutes of play as the Lady Jaguars won the first regular-season match in school history by a 3-0 score Thursday night.
The match was the first to be played on Bill McRae Field, which was dedicated prior to the start of the match, with several members of the McRae family being honored for their contribution and support to the JC soccer program.
After a scoreless first half, which was cut short 12 minutes by lightning in the area, the Lady Jaguars got on the board midway through the second period when Portsmouth, England product Daisy Simms got a deflection and punched the ball past Cedar Valley's keeper, Erin Moon, from about eight yards out on the right side giving the home team a 1-0 lead.
Simms added another score late in the game on a penalty kick from around 21 yards out, straight away.
JC's other goal came off of the foot of Jacksonville High School graduate Alex Barrientos who drove the ball into the back of the twine, top shelf, on a boot that cover about 20 yards.
Christine Ramos tended the nets and got credit for the clean sheet for JC (1-0). Ramos stopped 10 Cedar Valley (0-1) shots, with seven of those coming in the opening half.
"What an exciting night for Jacksonville College," JC Academic Dean T. Lynn Nabi said. "We are thankful for the all the fans that turned out and for the McRae family to be here to share this special evening with us.
"I am so proud of our ladies soccer team and how well they played in their very first game."
Nabi estimated that the crowd numbered around 400 at its peak.