The John Brown University men entered Saturday’s game against the Benedictine Ravens riding a wave of three straight wins.
The game started quickly when the Ravens attempted a shot just one minute, 10 seconds into the play. Defender Logan Hellinghausen blocked the shot, setting a high standard for the back line that would hold throughout the game.
Golden Eagle midfielder Darwin Silva answered the Ravens with a return strike at the four minute mark. Though the Ravens’ keeper frustrated the shot, the Eagles had found an opening. In the next minute, forward Marco Cardona turned an answer from the Ravens around, slicing the Benedictine defense with a pass to midfielder Eli Simonsen. Simonsen then fed the ball to midfielder Martin Gonzalez, who sent in a meteor from twenty eight yards out. His shot rang the crossbar to bounce off Ravens’ goalie Taylor Vinnage and into the net.
The game continued at the same fast pace, and despite some close Raven attempts, the Golden Eagle defense held thanks to keeper Adam Holt and great play by Hellinghausen, Daniel Marulanda and Will Simonds all recording blocks for the Eagles’ back line. The Ravens couldn’t find a weakness in the Eagle defense even when adding keeper Vinnage to a final-minutes set piece.
For the win, forward Zeke Zumbro credits the Eagles’ team mentality and defense, “Our team’s defense has been extremely well organized and disciplined, which has helped us move the ball forward knowing that our defense will cover up our turnovers on offense. In the game, we did a good job of dealing with the long ball over the top of our back line. A ton of credit has to go to Adam and the back four for staying organized the entire game.”
Both soccer teams travel to Bethany, Okla. for their first SAC matchup against Southwestern Christian on Saturday.