JBU men score five se­cond-half goals

■ The Golden Ea­gles de­feated Cen­tral Bap­tist on Tues­day.

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The John Brown Univer­sity men’s soc­cer team bat­tled through a score­less first half and scored five goals in the se­cond half, us­ing a goal and as­sist from both Conner Haney and Ryan Wil­liams to de­feat Cen­tral Bap­tist Col­lege, 5-0, last Tues­day evening at Alumni Field.

Haney and Wil­liams led the Golden Ea­gles with three points apiece, ju­nior Kelvin Omondi added his third and fourth goals of the sea­son (four points) and ju­nior San­ti­ago Vane­gas dished out a pair of as­sists as John Brown (2-3) fin­ished the rout, win­ning its se­cond-straight match.

“We had a lot of nice fin­ishes tonight, but I’m most happy that while we started the game hasty, we set­tled down, found the right passes and that’s what led to goals,” said head coach Bren­ton Ben­ware, who notched his first-ca­reer win at Alumni Field. “We started out the sea­son with a lot of guys who were not healthy enough to play, and we had a great vic­tory last week, and tonight’s win was needed to con­firm we’re mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

Se­niors Adam Holt and Con­nor Ge­or­gop­u­los shared the clean sheet with Holt pick­ing up the vic­tory, mak­ing a lone save in the con­test.

Seven dif­fer­ent play­ers found the score­sheet for the Golden Ea­gles, who ex­acted re­venge on the Mus­tangs (0-5) for a 0-0 dou­ble-over­time draw in 2015 at Alumni Field.

Af­ter a score­less first half where JBU held an 8-3 shoot­ing ad­van­tage, Omondi fi­nally broke the tie in the 57th minute. Wil­liams’ pass in from the left wing was con­tin­ued by Clark through towards the goal, even­tu­ally struck to the bot­tom-right cor­ner of the goal past CBC keeper Bryce Deaton.

Cen­tral Bap­tist then mounted some of­fen­sive ac­tiv­ity through the mid­dle of the se­cond half, but wasn’t able to post a le­git­i­mate scor­ing chance. Then, John Brown broke it open.

The Golden Ea­gles struck for four goals in the fi­nal seven min­utes, from Haney, Wil­liams and Omondi, re­spec­tively in the 84th, 86th and 90th min­utes. The Mus­tangs had the mis­for­tu­nate of sur­ren­der­ing an own goal in the 89th minute, when a Wil­liams cen­ter­ing pass as he neared the goal line de­flected off a CBC de­fender.

Wil­liams had a beau­ti­ful strike as in­sur­ance when Clark’s patented flip-throw landed in the box. Haney then flicked the ball onto Wil­liams at the top of the box, who let go a 22-yard can­non strike into the up­per cor­ner of the goal.

Deaton made five saves on eight Golden Ea­gle shots on goal and falls to 0-2 on the year. Cal­lum Mor­ris paced Cen­tral Bap­tist with four shot at­tempts.

The Golden Ea­gles re­turn to ac­tion this Tues­day at No. 1 Ok­la­homa Wes­leyan in Bartlesville. Kick­off is slated for 8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of John Brown Univer­sity

John Brown Univer­sity ju­nior Kelvin Omondi un­leashes a shot for one of his two goals scored Tues­day in the Golden Ea­gles’ 5-0 win against Cen­tral Bap­tist at Alumni Field.

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