Golden Eagles soccer ebbs and flows

The men’s and women’s soccer teams played a busy schedule over the past couple of weeks. Both teams faced-off against Wayland Baptist on Oct. 11, Lubbock Christian on Oct. 13, St. Gregory’s on Oct. 17 and Rogers State on Oct. 19.

The men lost to Wayland Baptist, out-scored Lubbock Christian and St. Gregory’s and were shutout by Rogers State. The women tied with WBU, maintained leads over LCU and SGU and fell to their second conference loss against Rogers State.

The women tied Wayland Baptist 0-0 on Oct. 11. JBU freshman goalie Kristen Morency saved eight goals over the 120-minute game and Pioneers’ goalie Courtney Chambers thwarted all four of the Eagle’s shots on goal.

The ladies played a second game in Texas on October 13, this time nabbing a 1-0 victory over Lubbock Christian in overtime. During the 96th minute, sophomore Casey O’Brien swept the ball in over the head of the goalkeeper from 40 yards away. Each keeper totaled four saves.

Back in Siloam Springs on Oct. 17, the Eagles rallied for a substantial 6-0 win over St. Gregory’s. Three JBU goals appeared on the scoreboard within the first 20 minutes, scored by junior Whitney Brannan, senior Cheyenne Padgett and junior Karen Sosa.

Padgett and Sosa went on to net two additional goals in the second half, supplemented by a final point from freshman Alex Fahr.

This was Morency’s fourth consecutive shut-out and seventh for the season.

On Oct. 19, JBU fell to Rogers State—the Eagles’ second loss in Sooner Athletic Conference this season.

Lady Hillcat Raquel Chavez owned the field, scoring one goal in each half to secure her team’s 2-0 win over the JBU women.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Eagles meet up with Mid-America Christian. Both teams currently stand with three conference wins.

The Eagles’ men’s team began its two-game stint in Texas with a 2-0 loss at Hilliard Field in Plainview, Tex. Each of the two goals scored by the Pioneers occurred in the first half of the game. Samson Defeugaing headed the ball into JBU’s goal at the end of minute 14 and Travis Somersall earned Wayland’s final point in the 31st minute; both were assisted by Jevaughn Vance.

WBU goalie John Ramses Thomas blocked all four shots by the Golden Eagles.

Two days later, however, the men came back with a strong 5-0 shutout against Lubbock Christian, their first conference victory. Daniel Forry netted two goals in the first 19 minutes and Ryan Duncan and Eli Simonsen also scored goals in the first half. The Eagles made each shot taken on goal.

Freshman Zari Presod, the leader in both goals and assists for the Golden Eagles finished the match with one more point in the 63rd minute.

Sophomore goalie Pablo Garcia saved four goals for JBU and came away with his first clean sheet of the season.

The men’s team claimed another victory on Oct. 17, this time against St. Gregory’s. The home game ended with a final score of 2-1.

Prescod made the team’s first goal within four minutes of the start of the match and junior Brandon Sikes brought the Eagles up 2-0 at the half.

In the second half, the Cavaliers’ defense held JBU at bay while their offense gained one point in the 74th minute.

Later that week, the Rogers State defense held the Golden Eagles at zero during the game on October 19. At the half, the teams were tied 0-0, but the Hillcats took the lead with two goals in the latter half of the game. The final score was 2-0.

Next up, the Eagles will play Mid-American Christian in Oklahoma City on October 24. Both teams currently hold two conference wins for the 2012 season.