Garcia's Second Goal of Season Can't Save JBU Against No. 16 Trinity Christian
PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 25, 2012) — Laura Garcia notched her second goal in two games but it wasn’t enough as No. 16 Trinity Christian (Ill.) came storming back in the second half to capture a 2-1 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Garcia notched JBU’s only goal of the game in the 48th minute. Freshman goalkeeper Kristen Morency took her second loss of her career, despite posting two saves.
“We simply ran out of gas in the second half,” admitted head coach Scott Marksberry. “Playing two very tough teams back-to-back nights is a challenge, especially early on in the season. We had the game in our control and just let it slip away.
Despite the emergence of Garcia as JBU’s primary scoring threat, the Golden Eagles have expected great play from senior midfielder Cheyenne Padgett. Her play yesterday against Trinity International (Ill.) impressed Marksberry.
“Cheyenne played an incredible first game for us. We rely so much on her. Unfortunately she’s now suffering from a hamstring injury that will sideline her for a little while.
“Casey O’Brien did a marvelous job in her absence against Trinity Christian. Casey has distributed the ball well and defended well.”
The host Trolls finished with goals in the 66th and 71st minutes. TCC goaltender Hannah Petroelje made four key saves in the second half against the Golden Eagles.
Laura Garcia, by Marksberry’s account, has returned to John Brown stronger and in better shape.
“Laura looks so dangerous right now. As a sophomore, she understands her role and has executed perfectly timed runs. We look for her to continue her impressive play.”
Garcia and the Golden Eagles return to the field on Saturday (Sept. 1) at 5:00 p.m. when JBU visits NCAA II Harding University.