Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 11, 2008) - Both men’s and women’s soccer teams earned shutouts on Saturday afternoon after defeating Mid America Christian (Okla.) in conference action. The women improved to 9-3 overall, and the men moved to 6-3-1.
In the early game, MACU (4-9) proved to be no match for the Lady Golden Eagles from the opening drive. The afternoon belonged to senior Rachel Gerdin as she scored her first of four goals at the six second mark unassisted.
Gerdin then scored her second goal via the assist from Alex McMichael at the 7:24 mark to give JBU a 2-0 lead.
At the 27 minute mark, sophomore Natiel Bauer put away the cross from senior Abby Leonard to give JBU the three point cushion heading into intermission.
In the second half, Gerdin once again took over scoring goals number three and four in the 49th and 55th minutes respectively. Sophomore Camille Malkiewicz earned the assist on Gerdin’s final goal.
In the 76th minute, sophomore Robyn Cluka put the icing on the cake as she scored unassisted to help JBU earn the 6-0 win.
“They came out and played us so we had to play,” said head coach Joe Thoma. “Everybody is healthy and the girls looked pretty good. When things are working it’s nice.”
As a team, JBU outshot MACU 32-5 with a 20-4 shot on goal differential.
Sophomore Brittany Henderson picked up three saves in the match.
In the late game, JBU’s men took on a tough MACU squad looking to spoil the Homecoming celebration for the Golden Eagles. But JBU stepped up to the challenge and foiled their attempts at an upset.
The score remained deadlocked until the 28th minute when senior Jerry Carcamo found sophomore Adrian Jasso inside the box for the 1-0 lead. Not to be outdone, sophomore Juan Iraola added his own highlight to the afternoon after Carcamo picked up his second assist when he crossed to Iraola for the 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute. This is where it stood at the half.
In the second, MACU had several opportunities but great defensive play by the defense thwarted the MACU attempts. Jasso closed out the evening in fine fashion after blasting a deep shot from 20 yards out via Justin Thompson in the 87 minute.
“Anytime we win at home and at homecoming it’s a plus,” said head coach Bob Gustavson. There were a couple of scary moments, but overall I though the guys played well.”
Both JBU teams return to the field on Tuesday to take on Oklahoma City in SAC action. The women play at 1 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m. These games will serve as Breast Cancer Awareness games for the Golden Eagles where the teams will be showing their support by wearing pink.