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Women’s soccer ready for USAO

In their last game the Lady Eagles snapped a winning streak.

Now, on Homecoming weekend, they will look to start a new one.

The Eagles will try to recover from a defeat to Oklahoma Baptist and earn their first conference win in a game against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

“The game being homecoming makes it fun for all of us,” said women’s head coach Scott Marksberry. “We want to represent how we’ve been playing well.”

A 3-0 defeat to OBU last Thursday in JBU’s conference opener snapped an Eagle five-game winning streak.

“I thought we played a pretty good game,” said Marksberry. “We did a lot of things defensively and in the middle of the field that we wanted to do.”

The Lady Eagle defense allowed three goals, which is three times what they had allowed during their entire winning streak.

“We played really well defensively for most of the game but we had one moment [in the 55th minute] where we left [Bison junior midfieder Elisa Brito] wide open for a goal,” said Marksberry. “That kind of shook us.”

After that, the Bison scored twice more to put the game out of reach.

The Lady Eagle offense, by leading scorers sophomore forward Laura Garcia and junior midfielder Whitney Brannan, will be coming off their first scoreless game of the season.

The Drovers will come in with a seven-game winning streak after defeating Rogers State 3-2 in overtime last Tuesday.

Sophomore forward Linda Addo and senior forward Calli Cooper headlines USAO.

Addo has a team-high six goals and Cooper leads in points with 15.

“They are very athletic, fast and hardworking team,” said Marksberry. “They have a gritty determination.”

JBU and USAO will play at 1 p.m. at Alumni Field on Saturday.