JBU women’s soc­cer tops Texas Wes­leyan

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From Staff Re­ports

FORT WORTH, Texas — After 110 min­utes of phys­i­cal play, the John Brown Univer­sity men’s soc­cer team had to set­tle for a 2-2 dou­ble-over­time draw with Texas Wes­leyan on Satur­day after­noon at Mar­tin Field.

The Golden Ea­gles (53-1, 1-0-1 Sooner Ath­letic) had their five-match win­ning streak tran­si­tioned into a six-match un­beaten run.

Wes­leyan (2-5-1, 0-11) rode keeper Bas­tian Blu­men­berg (2-5-1) to 11 saves on 13 chanches. Senior Adam Holt made five sec­ond-half and over­time saves to pre­serve the draw.

The Rams sur­pris­ingly took a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute when Ge­orge Bat­tersby played a ball up to An­thony Atilola, who out­ran Holt to score his fourth of the sea­son.

Just 31 sec­onds later, senior Marco Car­dona se­cured his first of the sea­son when he skill­fully redi­rected a Santiago Vane­gas cross from the left wing past Blu­men­berg to tie the match at one apiece.

JBU seemed to have the match in hand just seven min­utes later when ju­nior Ryan Wil­liams’ ser­vice from the left side to the back post found ju­nior Con­ner Haney. Haney’s at­tempt was stopped, but ju­nior Kelvin Omondi tapped in the re­bound to give the Golden Ea­gles its first lead of the con­test.

Out-shoot­ing the hosts 9-4 through 45 min­utes, John Brown un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally gave up a sec­ond-half goal when Yo­han Shi­razi’s first of the sea­son tied the score at two. The goal came off an Atilola free kick.

In the first over­time, Wes­leyan’s Tyler Brooks nearly ended things abruptly when he ripped a shot from 30 yards out that hit the up­per right cor­ner of the frame. With 1:10 to play in the fi­nal over­time pe­riod, Holt made a ter­rific div­ing save on a shot from Do­minik Huebl to pre­serve the tie.

After be­ing out­shot 9-4 in the first half, the Rams out­shot the Golden Ea­gles 19-17 for the re­main­der of the con­test.

JBU re­turns to ac­tion on Thurs­day when it wel­comes con­fer­ence­lead­ing Way­land Bap­tist (Texas) to Alumni Field for a 7 p.m. show­down. The Pi­o­neers are com­ing off a sur­pris­ing 2-1 win over Cen­tral Chris­tian (Kan.), a match that saw the Tigers own a 1-0 lead.

Photo cour­tesy of Lit­tle Joe Pho­tog­ra­phy

John Brown ju­nior for­ward Con­ner Haney heads the ball in the Golden Ea­gles’ 2-2 draw against Texas Wes­leyan on Satur­day in Fort Worth, Texas.

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