JBU women’s soc­cer team earns Top 25 road win

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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.

Photo cour­tesy of Cum­ber­land Uni­ver­sity

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.

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