Omondi Finally Breaks Through, Men's Soccer Runs Past Southwest Baptist
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. -- After sending eight shots on goal and coming up scoreless in his first outing, sophomore Kelvin Omondi made up for missed chances in match two, scoring a pair of first-half goals, in John Brown University's 3-0 win over Southwest Baptist (Mo.) on Friday (Aug. 26) evening at Alumni Field.
In front of a packed house in the third annual First Game Under the Lights series, the Golden Eagles moved to 2-0-0 on the season and 3-0 all-time against the Bearcats (0-1-0).
JBU tripled up the visitors in shots, 21-7, in a fairly lopsided affair, as junior keeper Adam Holt (2-0-0) needed just a pair of first-half saves to notch his second straight shutout to start the 2016 season.
Omondi got the scoring going in the 30th minute when the striker cleaned up a Conner Haney blast from the right flank. Just yards away from the goal line, Omondi and flock of players found a loose ball, but Omondi finally tallied his first of the season, breaking JBU's 232-minute goalless drought in the First Game Under the Lights series.
Five minutes later, Omondi was hit with a shot just inside the box, but took the loose ball a broke between a pair of SBU defenders, and slipped a shot past Bearcat keeper Lajos Zadravecz for a 2-0 lead.
Haney, who possessed the ball most of the match in the middle and up the flanks, unleashed a shot in the 78th minute, which SBU backup Matt Garza punched aside. Haney, not giving up on the offensive opportunity, collected the rebound, cut back into the middle and ripped a shot to the upper 90, marking the sophomore's second goal in as many contests.
Holt's clean sheet was his 13th career shutout, moving him into fifth-place all-time.
John Brown returns to action on Saturday (Sept. 3), when the Golden Eagles host Benedictine (Kan.), JBU's oldest rival, at Alumni Field. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.