Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 1, 2006) - The John Brown Golden Eagles women’s soccer team continued a challenging non-conference slate Friday, losing 2-0 at home to NCAA Division I Liberty.
Liberty threatened twice early, in the 11th and 15th minutes, but John Brown goalkeeper Natalie Wall stepped up for two of her seven saves. The Lady Flames tallied a goal in the 20th minute when Tanya Payne scored on a dual assist by Paige Cheek and Maggie Woody. Woody set up the play with a corner kick, and Cheek headed the cross to Payne, who put the ball past Wall from inside the box. Liberty’s second strike came in the 85th minute when Brittney Bench hit a long, unassisted shot from outside the 18-yard line.
Liberty (2-1-0) dominated time of possession by only allowing John Brown (0-2-0) three shots on goal. The Lady Flames also had six corner kick opportunities to the Golden Eagles’ three.
After the game, John Brown head coach Joe Thoma said he was proud of his team. “The effort and the heart were there today, but the pressure was huge,” he said, referring to Liberty’s NCAA standing and its 1-0 loss to 7th-ranked Virginia last week. “We’re still putting the pieces together so we’ll be ready for conference.”
John Brown plays host to Newman (Kan.) on Labor Day at 4:00. Liberty will travel down U.S. 412 to Fayetteville for a 1:00 Sunday match against Arkansas.