OBU Hands Women's Soccer Loss In Conference Opener, 3-0
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (September 27, 2012) — The visiting Bison handed JBU its first loss in six matches today as Oklahoma Baptist shutout the Golden Eagles 3-0 at Alumni Field this afternoon.
The loss marks the end of John Brown's five-game win streak and also the first time that the Blue and Gold have been shut out this season.
Entering today's match, JBU had outscored its opponents 17-1 over the previous 450 minutes of play.
Both teams traded scoring opportunities in the first half. John Brown's only shot on goal in the half was a Cheyenne Padgett effort in the 33rd minute that OBU keeper Shannon Griffith collected to keep the game a scoreless tie.
The Golden Eagles had a few other opportunities, but the stingy Bison defense managed to block away two other scoring opportunities.
"We have to give some credit to the OBU defenders for the number of shots that they blocked today inside of the box," head coach Scott Marksberry said. "At one point, there were seven blocks recorded by their defenders, and all of those were in the box.
"When a team blocks that many shots, you have to get a bit more creative to score goals and we lacked that extra bit of creativity today."
Right out of the half, a Whitney Brannan corner kick landed dangerously in the box and at the feet of a wide open Madi Susmilch. Susmilch's attempt to bury the goal was denied when OBU defender Taylor Jester managed to deflect it away from the goal mouth.
Just six minutes later, the Bison took a 1-0 lead when Elisa Brito was left alone at the top of the box. Brito hammered the 20-yard strike into the upper right corner over a diving Kristen Morency for the game-winning goal.
One minute later, Oklahoma Baptist notched an insurance goal when Ailee Pewitt dribbled into the right half of the box and beat Morency low to the short side.
"Those first two goals occurring back-to-back really forced us to push forward, so we switched to a 3-4-3 attack," noted Marksberry. "We created some really good chances at that point in the game, but our commitment to getting bodies forward backfired when they scored their third goal of the game."
The Golden Eagles kept pressing to find its way onto the scoreboard, but it was OBU who notched the final strike when Pewitt, after beating an aggressive Morency to a loose ball, chipped it over the keeper for the final tally of the evening.
The Bison (3-4-0, 1-0 Sooner Athletic Conference) outshot the host squad 16-10 on the match.
Morency turned away five of eight shots thrown her way but nonetheless was tagged with the loss.
"I really thought that we gave a pretty good effort today," Marksberry added. "I don't think that 3-0 is a good representation of the game that was played today. However, it was nice to finally get a game in after that cancellation last week and such a long break between games. We needed to play a tough game, and we got that from OBU today.
"I really expect us to be ready to bounce back by our Homecoming game next week. I think our team has the ability to make a good run in the conference, and we will get back to work tomorrow to fight our way back into the conference race."
John Brown (5-3-0, 0-1 SAC) will now regroup and prepare to host Science & Arts (Okla.) next Saturday (Oct. 6) at 1:00 p.m. The game will be a part of the 2012 John Brown University Homecoming Weekend festivities.