JBU women’s soccer team earns Top 25 road win
LEBANON, Tenn. — Facing its third consecutive halftime deficit in three matches, the No. 18 John Brown University women’s soccer team scored four of the game’s final five goals and secured its second Top 25 victory of the season by knocking off No. 16 Cumberland ( Tenn.) 4-2 on Monday afternoon at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.
After a first half that featured just one shot, a 30yard blast from senior Sara Frey that was stopped by CU keeper Ashley Kambeitz, the Golden Eagles (2-1) rebounded by outshooting the Phoenix (0-2) by a 7-6 count in the second half, scoring early and scoring often.
Freshman Sienna Nealon’s 74th minute tally not only accounted for her first collegiate goal, but stuck as the game-winner as senior Hannah Poor, playing in the field, added an insurance strike just four minutes later.
“I was super proud of our girls today,” said JBU head coach Kathleen Paulsen. “That was a big road win and it was a collective effort. Our bench was huge for us this game and we put our chances away.”
Ten substitutes made an appearance in Monday’s game and accounted for all four of JBU’s goals.
Junior Jastin Redman tallied her third of the season in the 47th minute when she took the ball up the left flank, leaving a Cumberland defender in her wake. Despite the center back cutting to the flank to help support, Redman dribbled past her into the box as Kambeitz came out to attack. Just before Kambeitz made it to the ball, Redman slid and ripped a shot to top shelf on the near side, knotting the match at one apiece.
Just more than 120 seconds later, sophomore Kathryn Haar played a ball back to sophomore Sarah Hughes deep on the left flank. Hughes one-touched a 40-yard ball to the far right post, which lofted in over an out-of-position Kambeitz to quickly turn the tide of the contest in JBU’s favor.
Cumberland had an answer, however, as Emily Shires tied the game for a second time when Rebecca Holloway’s pass through the JBU back line found Shires in alone with JBU goalkeeper Caitlyn Logan, who was making her second collegiate start. Shires chipped the ball past an oncoming Logan and deposited the ball into the empty net in the 66th minute.
In the 74th minute, John Brown struck for the win as Nealon’s shot from just past the six-yard box deflected off a CU defender past Kambeitz after sophomore Hannah Sweaney had crossed in a ball from the right flank.
Four minutes later, JBU sealed the contest when Poor opportunistically pounced on a loose ball that snuck through Kambeitz’s hands off a cross from junior Anne Metz.
Sweaney finished with a pair of assists while Logan came up with two tremendous saves after the Phoenix scored on its first shot on goal.
Logan stopped CU’s Holloway in the 32nd minute on a point-blank rip from 20 yards out. That save was eclipsed by her diving rejection of Autumn Copeland’s service from 22 yards out in the middle. Making a diving leap to her right, Logan maintained JBU’s slim 2-1 lead in the 63rd minute.
Logan moves to 2-0 on the season in goal while Kambeitz drops to 0-2. The Phoenix outshot JBU by a slim 11-8 margin.
JBU returns to action at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the annual JBU Classic at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles face a pair of Top 25 teams in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, starting with Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), followed by Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles’ win over Cumberland was in response to the Phoenix’s 2-1 win over JBU in the 2016 NAIA National Championships Opening Round, ending John Brown’s season and chances of claiming its first national tournament win in program history.
Bethel (Tenn.) 2, JBU 1
McKENZIE, Tenn. — The No. 18 John Brown University women’s soccer team racked up 21 shot opportunities, but could only manage less than half on goal as Bethel (Tenn.) upended the Golden Eagles by a 2-1 final this past Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats (3-0-0), meanwhile, managed just three shots on goal the entire contest, scoring on two of its chances. While freshman Caitlyn Logan made her first career start in goal, giving up one, senior Hannah Poor (0-1) took the loss on BU’s goal in the 59th minute as the keepers split halves for the second match in a row.
The JBU passing and ball control proved erratic most of the contest. The Golden Eagles held possession for nearly the entire match.
Junior Aspen Robinson posted a match-high seven shots, including two on goal. But she was unable to deliver in the waning seconds when a cross into the box found her unguarded. Her shot sailed just a few feet over the crossbar with no one upfield but the keeper just seven yards away.
Bethel’s Brittany Bray scored her first of the season and the match’s gamewinner when she netted her 23-yard free kick from the left side of the box. The ball bent in, beating Poor to the short side in the 59th minute.
Junior Jastin Redman matched Bray’s tally with one of her own, her second of the season, when her 22yard free kick from the right flank split the Wildcats’ lead in half in the 67th minute of play.
The Golden Eagles attempted seven more shots at the Bethel goal, but was unable to find the equalizer before time expired.
Maggie Swift buried her first of the season at the sixminute mark after Bray’s point-blank attempt was rejected by Logan high in the box. After pinballing momentarily, Swift launched a shot to the right side of the goal while Logan was attempting to regain her position.
Danielle Krzyzaniak (3-0) boasted a nine-save effort to remain undefeated on the season.
John Brown sophomore Katherine Haar, right, battles Cumberland’s Savannah Moreland for possession during Monday’s match in Lebanon, Tenn. John Brown defeated Cumberland 4-2.