Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 4, 2006) - The John Brown Golden Eagles stayed winless in 2006 with a 2-1 loss to Newman (Kan.) Monday in Siloam Springs. The Jets were the Golden Eagles’ third NCAA opponent in as many games.
The first half saw both teams dominate offensively for long stretches without scoring, but the second half was distinguished with quick possession changes and frequent scoring chances.
Newman controlled the ball throughout the first 25 minutes, not giving John Brown its first scoring opportunity until the 30th minute. That attempt, and two others, failed before senior forward Nikki Ganter battled her way into the box past several defenders and scored unassisted in the 43rd.
John Brown (0-3) held that 1-0 lead until the 63rd minute when Jennifer Ermey struck the top of the net from 20 yards out. Paige Burroughs then rolled a sharp shot between the left post and goalkeeper Megan Rouse in the 73rd minute to give Newman (4-0) the lead. Zulema Martinez picked up the assist.
Newman goalkeeper Jennifer Davis made 10 saves and stayed in the game after being shaken up in a collision midway through the second half. Rouse made 6 saves for John Brown in the second half. Natalie Wall guarded the Golden Eagles’ net in the first half and had two saves.
John Brown head coach Joe Thoma commented, “We’re two pretty evenly-matched teams. They’re 4-0. We’re 0-3. We’re just not there yet. We’re getting there, but we’re still a little bit off. Our ultimate goal is to gain confidence for conference.”
John Brown goes on the road later this week to play Northeastern State (Okla.) at 4:00 Friday in Tahlequah. It will be the Golden Eagles’ last regular-season non-conference match.