JBU posts soc­cer sweep

■ The Golden Ea­gles women’s soc­cer team won its 27th straight match at home.

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

Sopho­more Kather­ine Haar net­ted a goal in each half, and the John Brown Univer­sity women’s soc­cer team won its 27th straight game at Alumni Field as the Golden Ea­gles held on to de­feat Mid-Amer­ica Chris­tian (Okla.) by a 2-1 fi­nal on Saturday af­ter­noon.

Play­ing with a short­handed lineup, John Brown (10-2, 4-0 Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) re­mains one of the fi­nal two un­beat­ens in con­fer­ence play af­ter MACU fell into the loss col­umn with Saturday’s re­sult.

With goals in the 29th and 48th min­utes, Haar in­creased her goal to­tal to five on the sea­son, but more im­por­tantly, helped JBU keep pace with Sci­ence and Arts (Okla.) atop the con­fer­ence stand­ings.

While the Evan­gels (7-2, 2-1) never had much of­fense churn­ing through­out the match, a de­fen­sive mis­cue al­lowed Alissa Tapp’s sixth goal of the sea­son with seven min­utes re­main­ing to close the gap on a rather lop­sided match with JBU hold­ing a 19-5 shoot­ing ad­van­tage.

Haar’s first tally of the af­ter­noon came off a MACU ef­fort to pull John Brown off­sides, but Haar snuck in be­hind the back line and took a per­fect cross from the right flank from se­nior Sa­man­tha We­ber to rip a shot past Evan­gel keeper Jen­nifer Star­walt for a 1-0 lead.

Boast­ing a 9-2 shoot­ing ad­van­tage at the in­ter­mis­sion, John Brown rolled into the sec­ond half push­ing the play in the Evan­gel half. Fi­nally, off a beau­ti­ful rush from fresh­man Si­enna Nealon, Haar tapped in the re­bound off Nealon’s shot in the box for a com­mand­ing 2-0 ad­van­tage.

Star­walt was dinged with the loss, de­spite mak­ing eight saves. Fresh­man Mag­gie Allen recorded a pair of saves, stretch­ing her sea­son to a per­fect 4-0.

The Golden Ea­gles will now en­joy a week off un­til wel­com­ing Ba­cone (Okla.) to Alumni Field on Saturday, Oct. 14, for a 4 p.m. matchup.

Photo cour­tesy of JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

John Brown fresh­man goal­keeper Mag­gie Allen lines up a kick dur­ing Saturday’s home­com­ing match against Mid-Amer­ica Chris­tian (Okla.) at Alumni Field. The Golden Ea­gles won 2-1 to ex­tend their home win­ning streak to 27 straight matches.

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