JBU un­leashes eight goals in victory

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

Eight dif­fer­ent play­ers scored and the John Brown Univer­sity women’s soc­cer team ex­tended its win­ning streak at home to 26 as the Golden Ea­gles posted six sec­ond-half goals in an 8-0 win over Way­land Bap­tist (Texas) on Thurs­day af­ter­noon at Alumni Field.

The eight goals were the sev­enth-most in pro­gram his­tory while John Brown (9-2-0, 3-0-0 Sooner Ath­letic) poured on with 42 shots, which also landed at sev­enth-most in a sin­gle match in pro­gram his­tory.

Fresh­man Natalie Ay­cock’s first-ca­reer goal also proved to be her first col­le­giate game-win­ner when she picked up a loose ball at the top of the box and fired it off a de­fender in the 36th minute of play.

Fresh­man Paige Kula con­tin­ued the first-half scor­ing when her left­footed boot from the right side of the box floated past Bap­tist keeper Erin Moon just 2:13 later.

De­spite un­leash­ing 21 shot attempts in the first half, the Golden Ea­gles posted just a pair on the board. The sec­ond half also pro­vided 21 shot attempts, but this time six goals found the back of the net.

In the 50th minute, sopho­more Kather­ine Haar’s rip from the top of the box caught all cross­bar and bounced straight down. The lines­man and cen­ter of­fi­cial quickly con­ferred and ruled the shot had crossed the goal line for her third of the sea­son.

Se­nior Sara Frey and ju­nior Anne Metz then scored in the 55th and 57th minutes, re­spec­tively, both as­sisted by fresh­man Si­enna Nealon via cross from the right flank. Frey’s sec­ond of the sea­son was one-touched to the top shelf while Metz used her head to at the back post to notch her first of the sea­son.

Ju­nior Anna Brown, sopho­more Han­nah Sweaney and se­nior Han­nah Poor each con­trib­uted goals over the fi­nal 22 minutes of play. Sopho­more Kris­ten How­ell and Kula picked up pri­mary helpers.

The fresh­man tan­dem of Mag­gie Allen and Cait­lyn Lo­gan each pa­trolled the goal for 45 minutes apiece, de­spite not need­ing to reg­is­ter a save. Allen was cred­ited with the win, mov­ing her ca­reer record to 3-0-0, while the Golden Ea­gles recorded their third clean sheet of the sea­son.

JBU re­turned to ac­tion on Satur­day against Mid-Amer­ica Chris­tian (Okla.) as part of the Home­com­ing 2017 fes­tiv­i­ties. Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime. JBU re­turns to the field next Satur­day at 4 p.m. against Ba­cone (Okla.).

Photo cour­tesy of JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

John Brown Univer­sity se­nior Han­nah Poor splits a pair of de­fend­ers dur­ing Thurs­day’s match against Way­land Bap­tist (Texas).

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