JBU men rally for vic­tory

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS -

NORTH NEW­TON, Kan. — Af­ter fall­ing be­hind for the first time this sea­son, the John Brown Univer­sity men’s soccer team used two goals, in­clud­ing fresh­man Micah Her­rmann’s first-ca­reer col­le­giate tally, in the sec­ond half to es­cape Thresher Sta­dium with a 2-1 win over Bethel (Kan.) on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Fac­ing a half­time deficit af­ter pitching a clean sheet in their first out­ing of the sea­son, John Brown (2-0) ral­lied to out-shoot the short-handed hosts 17-0 in the fi­nal 45 min­utes of play, in­clud­ing a pair of at­tempts that beat Bethel keeper Kobi Rus­som only to find iron.

Her­rmann notched his first col­le­giate goal in the 65th minute af­ter a run by fel­low fresh­man Goncalo Veris­simo up the right flank, blow­ing past the Thresher back line be­fore cut­ting to­ward goal. Veris­simo played a ball right to the foot of Her­rmann in the mid­dle, who one-touched a low shot past Rus­som, knot­ting the match at one apiece.

Look­ing for the game-win­ner, JBU would hit the goal frame twice over the next 20 min­utes. In an af­ter­noon where the Golden Ea­gles bat­tled the turf and sub­se­quent un­pre­dictable bounces of the ball, fi­nally a break in the 83rd minute was enough.

Jump-started by a long pass up the right flank by ju­nior Amil­car Gon­za­lez, Veris­simo again bested his de­fender and came in with speed all alone on Rus­som. With the keeper clos­ing in, Veris­simo let a shot go, that was cut off by Rus­som as he cut down the an­gle. For­tu­nately for the vis­i­tors, Her­rmann was wait­ing for the loose ball at the top of the 18.

Her­rmann col­lected the re­bound, threw on the brakes, elud­ing a pair of Thresh­ers, and cut into the mid­dle be­fore un­leash­ing a left-footed blast that caught the in­side of the right post, help­ing John Brown re­main un­beaten on the year.

Tied in shots at the in­ter­mis­sion at 6-6, the Golden Ea­gles ran away with pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond half, fi­nally out-shoot­ing the hosts 23-6 in the con­test. The vis­i­tors also had a 6-2 cor­ner kick ad­van­tage on the af­ter­noon.

While not called upon in the sec­ond half, se­nior Britt Wisener made two saves on three at­tempts in the first half. Only Jose Ro­jas’ first-ca­reer goal was good enough to beat him, as the Bethel for­ward snuck through the JBU back line and re­ceived a 50-yard pass, quickly de­posit­ing a shot to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute.

Gon­a­zlez led all play­ers with six shots while Her­rmann pumped five in Rus­som’s di­rec­tion. Chris Tor­res posted two of Bethel’s six shot at­tempts in the con­test.

The Golden Ea­gles were sched­uled to con­tinue their road swing on Satur­day against Lyon Col­lege in Batesville. Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime.

JBU is set to re­turn to ac­tion on Thurs­day against Wil­liam Carey (Miss.) in Or­ange Beach, Ala. JBU also will play Keiser (Fla.) in Or­ange Beach on Satur­day.

The JBU women’s soccer team, which was sched­uled to play No. 6 South­east­ern (Fla.) this past Satur­day, also will make the trip to Or­ange Beach. JBU will play Mo­bile (Ala.) on Thurs­day and Wil­liam Carey on Satur­day.

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