Men’s soc­cer breaks tie, de­feats SAGU

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — De­spite a dif­fi­cult play­ing sur­face, the John Brown Univer­sity men’s soc­cer team scored two goals in the sec­ond half to erase a 1-1 tie and grab a 3-1 win at South­west­ern Assem­blies of God (Texas), its fifth­con­sec­u­tive, on Thurs­day af­ter­noon at Lions Field.

Sport­ing a 14-6 shoot­ing ad­van­tage in the match, SAGU (1-5-2, 0-1-0 Sooner Ath­letic) man­aged to tie the match at one apiece in the 54th minute on a Chi­dara Mazvita goal, his fourth of the sea­son.

Not to be dis­mayed, the Golden Ea­gles (5-3-0, 1-0-0) re­grouped, and scored in the next minute when ju­nior Kelvin Omondi sin­gle-hand­edly drib­bled through the Lion back line and ripped an eight-yard shot past SAGU keeper Edgar Chavez for the game-win­ner, his fourth of the sea­son, and his eighth tally over­all.

For good mea­sure, ju­nior David Moots headed in his first col­le­giate goal when

he redi­rected a Ryan Wil­liams cross from six yards out in the 77th minute, hand­ing the vis­i­tors an in­sur­ance marker. The helper was Wil­liams’ fifth as­sist.

Ju­nior Con­ner Haney ac­counted for the lone tally of the first half. In the 26th minute, Haney’s sec­ond of the sea­son fooled Chavez and took an odd bounce be­fore trick­ling in from 22 yards out.

Holt (5-3-0) picked up the win, sav­ing two of the three on tar­get SAGU sent his way. Chavez was dinged with the loss, drop­ping to 1-5-2 on the year.

“We strug­gled to adapt to the sur­face, as well as be­ing pa­tient against low pres­sure from SAGU,” ad­mit­ted head coach Bren­ton Ben­ware. “I’m proud of our ef­fort to fight through those el­e­ments, how­ever, and se­cur­ing our first con­fer­ence win of the sea­son.”

The Golden Ea­gles re­turned to ac­tion at Texas Wes­leyan on Satur­day. Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime. The Golden Ea­gles play next at 7 p.m. Thurs­day at home against Way­land Bap­tist (Texas).

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