Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 8, 2006) - The John Brown women’s soccer team finally reached the end of its brutal non-conference schedule with a 3-1 loss Friday against NCAA Division II Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla. Senior midfielder Amber Aparicio scored in the 51st minute, but it was not enough for John Brown to overcome an early 2-0 deficit.
Northeastern State tallied its first two goals in rapid succession. Valerie McKee scored off a corner kick by Charlotte Dinsdale in the 18th minute; and Ashley Badeen scored unassisted in the 21st. Neither team scored again until early in the second half when Aparicio took a cross from senior forward Nikki Ganter and put the Golden Eagles on the board. Northeastern State had the final say, however, when Badeen assisted Whitney Pratt on a goal in the 79th minute.
Northeastern State made the most of its scoring opportunities, while John Brown did not. The Lady Reds attempted 10 shots on goal to the Golden Eagles’ 6. John Brown junior goalkeeper Natalie Wall made 7 saves. Sara Spencer and Patricia Davis had 3 and 2 saves, respectively for Northeastern State (2-3-1).
John Brown head coach Joe Thoma said, “NSU is a tough team, but we had several chances and couldn’t get it done.”
The game marked the end of the Golden Eagles’ 2006 non-conference schedule. John Brown is 0-4 after having played only NCAA teams to start the season. The Golden Eagles will face their first NAIA and Sooner Athletic Conference opponent at 1:00 on Wednesday when they visit Oklahoma City.