JBU men’s soc­cer de­feats SCU in open­ing round

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

BETHANY, Okla. — De­spite al­low­ing a goal in the third minute, the sixth­seeded John Brown Univer­sity men’s soc­cer team clamped down de­fen­sively and re­ceived a pair of goals from se­nior Con­ner Haney to up­set third-seeded South­west­ern Chris­tian (Okla.) for the sec­ond time this sea­son, 2-1, in the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment quar­ter­fi­nals on Satur­day at Ca­gle Fam­ily Field.

On the back of two timely saves from se­nior Britt Wisener in the fi­nal 10 min­utes of play, the Golden Ea­gles (9-7-1) earned a mea­sure of sweet re­venge as South­west­ern Chris­tian (14-4-1) ended John Brown’s sea­son twice over the last three sea­sons.

Haney tal­lied his sev­enth and eighth goals of the sea­son while se­niors Gio­vani Be­jarano and San­ti­ago Vane­gas joined fresh­man Micah Her­rmann in post­ing as­sists in the vic­tory.

The hosts got on the board early, just 2 min­utes, 27 sec­onds in, when Moritz Kulick, ap­pear­ing in just his third match this sea­son, headed in a Dam­n­jan Ko­jic ser­vice from the corner past Wisener for a 1-0 lead.

Un­phased, John Brown re­sponded by keep­ing the shot count close, 3-2, over the next 27 min­utes un­til Haney knot­ted the score at 1-1.

Be­jarano headed for­ward a pass from be­hind mid­field that fell be­hind the SCU back line in the 31st minute. Haney, with a full head of steam, ran onto the ball as South­west­ern Chris­tian keeper Mi­los Milovic came to chal­lenge him at the top of the 18. Haney drib­bled around Milovic and calmly de­posited a shot into the empty net to re­verse the John Brown for­tunes.

Thir­teen min­utes after the in­ter­mis­sion, Haney landed his timely score, the re­sult of strong pass­ing from the wing. Vane­gas be­gan the play on the left flank by send­ing a pass into the box to Her­rmann. Her­rmann eluded his de­fender and passed off to Haney break­ing to­ward the goal. Haney curled the shot around Milovic and tucked it in­side the far right post for his sec­ond gamewin­ner of the sea­son.

The hosts got chippy after the point, rack­ing up four yel­low cards as the match neared 30 com­bined fouls.

Wisener stopped Igor Sto­janovic twice and Kulick, who scored ear­lier, over the fi­nal 11 min­utes of play. He would fin­ish the con­test with seven saves on eight SCU of­fer­ings on tar­get to move to 9-7-1 on the sea­son.

Milovic watched two of three John Brown shots on tar­get beat him as SCU out­shot the Golden Ea­gles 17-12 on the match.

JBU ad­vanced to the SAC Tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals on Tues­day at Sci­ence and Arts (Okla.). Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime. The win­ner ad­vances to the fi­nals which will be played on Fri­day.

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