JBU women up­set in dou­ble OT

■ The Golden Ea­gles now await na­tional tour­na­ment fate.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - By Mike Cap­shaw Staff Writer mcap­shaw@nwadg.com

John Brown Univeristy’s women’s soc­cer team dom­i­nated the match, but lost on the fi­nal shot.

The No. 17 Golden Ea­gles were de­feated 2-1 in dou­ble over­time by Sci­ence and Arts (Okla.) in the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship at Alumni Field on Fri­day.

Lind­sey Daugh­tery con­nected on a free kick from about 40 yards out in the sec­ond over­time to give the sec­ond-seeded Drovers (17-3-1) the up­set de­spite be­ing out­shot 18-3 by top-seeded JBU. Daugh­tery’s kick lofted over the out­stretched arms of Golden Ea­gles’ keeper Mag­gie Allen just 48 sec­onds into the sec­ond over­time.

“Lind­sey has such a good strike on her,” said USAO coach Jimmy Hamp­ton. “That’s prob­a­bly her ninth or 10th goal from way out like that be­cause she’s got so much range. At the end of the day, they look easy. But they’re hard balls for goal keep­ers, even very tal­ented goal keep­ers like (Allen), be­cause they are dif­fi­cult to de­fend.”

The win gave the Drovers an au­to­matic berth into next week­end’s NAIA Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, while the reg­u­lar sea­son SAC cham­pion Golden Ea­gles will learn if they re­ceived an at-large bid at 11 a.m. on Mon­day.

It was the top-seeded Golden Ea­gles’ fifth con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ance in the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment ti­tle game and fourth straight sea­son they’ve hooked up against the Drovers. The teams have split those past four meet­ings, so Fri­day’s match served as a rub­ber match of sorts.

“Wel­come to soc­cer; it’ll break your heart some­times,” said JBU coach Kath­leen Paul­son. “It was a well-struck ball and, to their credit, they put it on the frame and that’s half the bat­tle. That al­ways gives it a chance to go in.

“But I’m proud of this team, proud of this group of girls and these se­niors, too. They’re studs, even in how they han­dle them­selves af­ter a big dis­ap­point­ment like this.”

The Drovers struck first 98 sec­onds into the reg­u­la­tion when Al­lie Gor­don broke free on a fast break to score off a pass from Daugh­tery. Gor­don, who scored her 13th goal of the sea­son, ex­ited the game shortly af­ter with a leg in­jury and was only able to re­turn for a few min­utes dur­ing the first over­time.

JBU an­swered when Sara Frey scored from 30 yards out off of an as­sist from Kather­ine Haar with 23:31 re­main­ing in the half. Frey, se­nior, split a pair of de­fend­ers be­fore hit­ting a high shot over keeper Brandi Hutchi­son’s head and into the back of the net. It was Frey’s ninth goal of the sea­son.

JBU 3, Ok­la­homa City 0

Ju­nior Anna Brown scored early in the con­test and goals from ju­nior Jastin Red­man and fresh­man Si­enna Nealon in the sec­ond half placed the match out of reach as the top-seeded and No. 17 John Brown Univer­sity women’s soc­cer team ended fifth-seeded Ok­la­homa City’s sea­son with a 3-0 vic­tory in the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals on Tues­day at Alumni Field. Red­man net­ted her 14th of the sea­son in the 48th minute, the game’s in­sur­ance marker, and as­sisted on Brown’s game-win­ner in the 11th minute. OCU strug­gled to cre­ate any of­fense, and when it could in the sec­ond half, fresh­man keeper Mag­gie Allen was up to the task, mak­ing a lone save in the fi­nal frame.

Photo cour­tesy of JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

John Brown for­ward Jastin Red­man at­tempts to head a ball dur­ing Fri­day’s Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship match at Alumni Field. Sci­ence and Arts (Okla.) de­feated John Brown 2-1 in over­time.

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