Golden Ea­gles up­set No. 2 Wil­liam Carey

It’s the high­est ranked team the JBU women have de­feated in progam his­tory.

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

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — It took more than 90 min­utes of play, but sopho­more Si­enna Nealon recorded her sec­ond game-win­ner in as many games, and the No. 17 John Brown Univer­sity women’s soc­cer team came from be­hind to up­set No. 2 Wil­liam Carey (Miss.) by a 2-1 score in over­time on Satur­day evening at the Orange Beach Sport­splex.

Nealon net­ted her third of the sea­son in the 92nd minute of play on a penalty kick af­ter be­ing taken down in the box as a cross was in­com­ing from the right flank. Nealon was taken down by a Crusader de­fender in the box, prompt­ing the kick.

The goal sent the Golden Ea­gles

(5-1-0) to a per­fect week­end, knock­ing off No. 12 Mo­bile (Ala.) with 12 sec­onds left on Thurs­day, fol­lowed by an­other dra­matic per­for­mance Satur­day, which marked the pro­gram’s largest up­set in team his­tory.

This is the sec­ond time John Brown has set this mark, as the pre­vi­ous high­est-ranked op­po­nent the pro­gram had de­feated was No. 10 Columbia (Mo.), ear­lier this sea­son.

While out­shot 19-10, JBU held a 9-6 ad­van­tage in corner kicks, cre­at­ing a good amount of of­fen­sive pres­sure around the Wil­liam Carey goal.

The pres­sure fi­nally re­sulted in a goal when senior Aspen Car­pen­ter’s rip in the slot bounced off the left post and in, beat­ing WCU keeper Abby Bar­avik, knot­ting up the match in the 76th minute. Senior Jastin Red­man be­gan the counter-at­tack off a Crus­der mis­cue and played a ball through the de­fense and up the right side to senior Melody Ha­gen, who sent the low cross to Car­pen­ter in the box. Both Red­man and Ha­gen picked up as­sists on the play.

Sopho­more Cait­lyn Lo­gan back­stopped the JBU de­fense in the most im­pres­sive match of her ca­reer, as she set a ca­reer-high with seven saves in the con­test.

None was more im­pres­sive than her kick save on Sil­via Leonessi’s break­away in the 34th minute, keep­ing the match score­less. Later in the sec­ond half, with just over five min­utes left in reg­u­la­tion, Lo­gan de­nied WCU’s Ana Paula San­tos a game-win­ner when the keeper kept sight of the rocket shot through traf­fic and got a piece of it. Luck­ily, fresh­man Alair Love was de­fend­ing the goal line next to her and cleared the sure goal out of harm’s way.

Wil­liam Carey took a 1-0 just be­fore half­time. San­tos, who at­tempted 11 shots in the con­test, took ad­van­tage of a John Brown mis­cue and ripped a shot to the bot­tom left corner past Lo­gan in the 43rd minute of play.

The Golden Ea­gles had an op­por­tu­nity to avoid over­time, as Red­man was de­nied on a break­away in the 53rd minute of play and just be­fore time ex­pired in the 89th minute, Nealon was called off­side by mere inches with a loom­ing break­away wait­ing in the wings.

Now 3-1-0 this sea­son against NAIA Top 25 com­pe­ti­tion, the Golden Ea­gles re­turn to Siloam Springs for a match against St. Thomas (Texas) at Alumni Field on Thurs­day at 7 p.m.

Photo sub­mit­ted

John Brown Univer­sity women’s soc­cer play­ers Natalie Ay­cock, Si­enna Nealon and Aspen Car­pen­ter cel­e­brate af­ter Nealon scored the gamewin­ning penalty kick last Satur­day against Wil­liam Carey (Miss.) in Orange Beach, Ala.

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